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The Bordered World of Cross-border Cooperation: The Determinants of Local Government Contact Networks within Euroregions
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4759-7505
2015 (English)In: Regional & Federal Studies, ISSN 1359-7566, E-ISSN 1743-9434, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 277-295Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article discusses the determinants of local government contact networks within cross-border cooperation organizations (Euroregions). Relying on social capital theory, a combination of social network and qualitative analytical tools are applied on data from two Scandinavian and two East Central European cases. The analysis reveals that, even in favourable circumstances, contact networks are thin and Euroregions fail to develop into truly integrated political spaces. The analysis also shows that contact patterns on one side of the border, determined primarily by inter-municipal cooperation, will matter for how contact networks are formed across the border. The findings are important, as membership in a Euroregion is expected to foster cross-border political relationships that could have possible spillover effects in terms of encouraging policy cooperation outside the framework of the Euroregion, which in turn would enhance the likelihood of well-functioning cross-border governance spaces. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2015. Vol. 25, no 3, p. 277-295
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European integration, cross-border cooperation, local government, network analysis, social capital
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38848DOI: 10.1080/13597566.2015.1043995ISI: 000212655700004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84938991943OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-38848DiVA, id: diva2:1286322
Available from: 2019-02-06 Created: 2019-02-06 Last updated: 2019-02-08Bibliographically approved

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