Macro-regional Strategies, Cohesion Policy and Regional Cooperation in the European Union: Towards a Research Agenda
Political Studies Review
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Gänzle, S., Stead, D., Sielker, F., & Chilla, T. (2019). Macro-regional Strategies, Cohesion Policy and Regional Cooperation in the European Union: Towards a Research Agenda. Political Studies Review, 17 (2), 161-174. https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929918781982
Since 2009, the European Union (EU) has developed four macro-regional strategies covering the Baltic Sea, Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine ‘macro-regions’. Macro-regional strategies represent a new tool of EU governance that seeks to combine the Community’s territorial cooperation and cohesion policy repertoire with intergovernmental ‘regional cooperation’ involving EU member and partner countries. By establishing comprehensive governance architectures for cross-sectoral and trans-boundary policy coordination in areas such as transport infrastructure and environmental protection, EU macro-regional strategies seek to mobilize EU member and non-member states alike in promoting and harmonizing territorial and trans-governmental cooperation. Both macro-regional strategies and macro-regions themselves have been met with increasing interest across several disciplines, including geography, regional planning, political science and public administration, triggering questions and debates on issues such as their impacts on existing practices of territorial cooperation and whether they challenge or complement previously established forms of regional cooperation. Authored by contributors with scholarly backgrounds in political science, geography and regional planning, this contribution seeks to take stock of research on the subject to date, reflect on conceptual starting points, and highlight new directions for future research in the political sciences.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929918781982
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