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Removing barriers to freedom of movement - A study of border regional actors pushing for change in state dominated environments

Andersson Carlén, Albin (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Increasing cross-border interaction in the border regions combined with the largely state-centric legislative processes of the nation states, have unfolded a demand for border regional actors to attempt to influence the state level to change legislation, as barriers are identified for individuals and companies. Adapting a border regional perspective, the actors and organisational methods to remove barriers to freedom of movement in three selected border regions are analysed. Using an inductive approach, the primary material consisting of interviews with key border regional actors is analysed through the lenses of transgovernmental network theory.

The conclusion is that the border regions have developed largely similar sets of... (More)
Increasing cross-border interaction in the border regions combined with the largely state-centric legislative processes of the nation states, have unfolded a demand for border regional actors to attempt to influence the state level to change legislation, as barriers are identified for individuals and companies. Adapting a border regional perspective, the actors and organisational methods to remove barriers to freedom of movement in three selected border regions are analysed. Using an inductive approach, the primary material consisting of interviews with key border regional actors is analysed through the lenses of transgovernmental network theory.

The conclusion is that the border regions have developed largely similar sets of organisational methods, resting heavily on key border regional actors (organisations and individuals) and the various transnational networks they establish. The transgovernmental border regional networks are characterised (i) by being dominated by public actors; (ii) by actors stretching their authority and developing transnational perspectives; (iii) by consisting of a number of key individuals, but at the same time flexibly integrating new actors when demanded; (iv) by having strong horizontal links on the border regional and regional level, but relatively weak vertical links; (v) by being built informal relations and using informal tools to influence. (Less)
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@misc{1315691,
  abstract     = {Increasing cross-border interaction in the border regions combined with the largely state-centric legislative processes of the nation states, have unfolded a demand for border regional actors to attempt to influence the state level to change legislation, as barriers are identified for individuals and companies. Adapting a border regional perspective, the actors and organisational methods to remove barriers to freedom of movement in three selected border regions are analysed. Using an inductive approach, the primary material consisting of interviews with key border regional actors is analysed through the lenses of transgovernmental network theory.

The conclusion is that the border regions have developed largely similar sets of organisational methods, resting heavily on key border regional actors (organisations and individuals) and the various transnational networks they establish. The transgovernmental border regional networks are characterised (i) by being dominated by public actors; (ii) by actors stretching their authority and developing transnational perspectives; (iii) by consisting of a number of key individuals, but at the same time flexibly integrating new actors when demanded; (iv) by having strong horizontal links on the border regional and regional level, but relatively weak vertical links; (v) by being built informal relations and using informal tools to influence.},
  author       = {Andersson Carlén, Albin},
  keyword      = {'Border region',Öresund,Maas-Rhein,Barrier,'Barriers to freedom of movement','Transgovernmental networks','Transnational actors',Mobility,Euregio,Euroregio,'Europe of the regions',Cross-border,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Removing barriers to freedom of movement - A study of border regional actors pushing for change in state dominated environments},
  year         = {2008},
}