Contested ‘relational policy spaces’ in two European border regions

Sabine Dörry, Olivier Walther

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    Abstract

    Cross-border cooperation to promote economic development and political integration has been among the EU’s key themes since the 1990s, and contemporary policy networks are considered useful organisational solutions. Focusing on transport policies in the border regions of Basel and Luxembourg, we analyse measures of persistency of national preferences among policy actors, mapping their perceived ‘policy spaces of action’ and conceptualising these policy spaces as relational. We discuss two empirical findings: The networks’ various actors on either side of the border appear to perceive the actual ‘policy spaces’ very differently. Therefore, and due to the networks’ terminability, these policy spaces are highly contested and frequently negotiated between the actors. Based on a combination of in-depth interviews, sketch maps, and social network analysis, we show that large spatiocultural differences still prevail among network actors, potentially impacting on the decisions taken in cross-border policy networks
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEnvironment and Planning A
    Volume47
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)338-355
    ISSN0308-518X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • policy networks
    • social network analysis
    • sketch maps
    • Borders
    • Transportation
    • Basel
    • Luxembourg

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