The last decade has witnessed a considerable degree of change in regional policy in Denmark, Towards the end of the 1980s large development programmes supported by the European Structural Funds were introduced in eligible regions. At the same time the Danish government came to see policies of preferential treatment for peripheral regions as outdated, and in 1991 all central government regional incentive schemes were terminated. Generally, regional authorities became increasingly committed to regional development, and this led to a mushrooming of regional bottom-up development initiatives from the end of the 1980s onwards.