Introduction – Thesis and Research Methodology
This book constitutes the results of research carried out with the aim of analysing the socio-economic cohesion of regions in the EU. The concept of research incorporates analysis of two dimensions of regional coherence: Dimension of the effectiveness of the transformation, particularly in connection with non-pecuniary factors of growth. Dimension of regional networking The aforementioned dimensions of cohesion were acknowledged as being very significant from the point of view of the development of the EU as a whole, as well as determining the elimination of the differences in the level of development of particular countries and regions, particularly in connection with the last enlargements (EU25 +2). Simultaneously, the non-pecuniary factors of growth associated with the area of intellectual capital are becoming the main driving force of changes. However, networking as the illustration of a high level of social capital and potential of innovativeness is becoming the modern paradigm of development.