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Transportation policy networks in cross-border regions. First results from a social network analysis in Luxembourg and the Greater Region

Sabine Dörry () and Antoine Decoville

No 2012-22, LISER Working Paper Series from LISER

Abstract: Despite continuing processes of economic and political integration in the European Union (EU), borders have been proven to be persistent. Politically backed and financially supported by the EU, cross-border regions are subject to economic and cultural coalescence. However, the established top-down crossborder policy network structures do not necessarily lead to the results originally aimed at. Policy networks are supposed to make the proclaimed economic, socio-cultural, and spatial EU integration process work on a local level. By empirically analysing cross-border policy networks in one specific though highly central policy domain – the public transportation – we reveal contradictions/inconsistencies and impediments caused by the „border effect? and the complex nature of a specific cross-border policy network in the field of public transportation. With the technique of the social network analysis we trace and discuss such a kind of network. Our empirical findings lead us to critically examine what Hooghe and Marks (2003) describe as „type-II-governance? in crossborder regions.

Keywords: Cross-border metropolitan regions; public transportation; Luxembourg and the Greater Region; social network analysis; multi-level governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 F16 R50 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2012-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-tre and nep-ure
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