Vers la construction d'un indicateur de cohésion territoriale européen ?

Abstract : Towards the construction
of a European indicator of territorial
cohesion?— The development of a European
index of territorial cohesion is both a
scientific issue (exploration of possible
solutions) and a political issue (potential
use of the indicator to allocate aid to
disadvantaged regions). This paper
presents the first discussions on the issue
within the framework of the ESPON 3.2
programme and emphasises the many traps
raised by an attempt to construct such an
index. A first review of existing work in the
field of composite human development andsustainable development indices shows the
extreme variety of possible solutions.
A transposition of the HDI methodology to
the European regional data in the second
report on cohesion is proposed in order to
assess its limitations and implications.
The main innovation of the ESPON
programme consists in taking the spatial
dimension of the concept of territorial
cohesion into account. This objective is
illustrated by two exploratory studies:
an attempt at an iterative redefinition
of the “Pentagon” using territorial
discriminant analysis; and a proposition of
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Claude Grasland, Grégory Hamez. Vers la construction d'un indicateur de cohésion territoriale européen ?. Espace Geographique, Éditions Belin, 2005, pp.97-116. ⟨halshs-00175554⟩



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