Indicators for Inclusive Growth: From Concepts to Maps
Keywords:social cohesion, equal opportunities, political participation
This paper analyses some key dimensions of Inclusive Growth, one of the pillars of the EU 2020 strategy, focusing on social inclusion as a fundamental aspect of territorial cohesion. This research is part of a PRIN funded project on territorial impact assessment and territorial cohesion of the Italian regions. Firstly, the results of a survey aimed at developing an applicable, shared language between the PRIN research units are presented. The definitions reflect views and perspectives on various key concepts of social inclusion among 76 stakeholders and practitioners. In addition, the survey provides evidence of the level of knowledge of European programs, and the concepts adopted in the PRIN research project. Secondly, the paper looks at the territorial distribution of some indicators of Equal Opportunities, Trust in institutions and Trust in European Union cooperation. Maps at NUTS 2 and NUTS 3 level are discussed and compared in order to define differences and similarities between Italian regions, provinces and metropolitan areas. The paper shows the importance of place-based evidence of territorial impact assessment as a way to address future policies, which consider the geographical and social context.