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A cross-border co-operation in the hands of the EU and the national states?

Hansson, Caroline LU (2009) STVM11 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The overall purpose with this thesis has been to consider whether cross-border cooperations funded by Interreg strengthen or undermine the nation-state. A case study has been carried out, where the South Baltic cross-border co-operation has constituted a case. The result is based on material of nineteen interviews with stakeholders from five different countries representing subnational level, national level and the European Commission.
With the background of a developed analytical framework the establishment
process and how different actors can influence the co-operation’s opportunity to be maintained or deepened have been examined. The establishment process was analysed from a decision-making model inspired by John W. Kingdon. How... (More)
The overall purpose with this thesis has been to consider whether cross-border cooperations funded by Interreg strengthen or undermine the nation-state. A case study has been carried out, where the South Baltic cross-border co-operation has constituted a case. The result is based on material of nineteen interviews with stakeholders from five different countries representing subnational level, national level and the European Commission.
With the background of a developed analytical framework the establishment
process and how different actors can influence the co-operation’s opportunity to be maintained or deepened have been examined. The establishment process was analysed from a decision-making model inspired by John W. Kingdon. How different actors can influence the co-operation’s opportunity to be maintained or deepened was examined from two different angles; the vertical dimension,representing actors from the national governments and the EU, and the horizontal dimension representing subnational actors.
It was concluded that since national actors to a high degree drove the process to establish the South Baltic co-operation and are the ones that primarily determine the cross-border co-operation’s opportunity to be maintained or deepened; a cross-border co-operation like the South Baltic co-operation in the framework of Interreg, strengthens rather than undermine the nation-state. (Less)
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author
Hansson, Caroline LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A case study of the role of the EU, the national states and the subnational actors in the South Baltic co-operation
course
STVM11 20091
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
South Baltic, Interreg, Cross-border co-operation, nation-state, establishment process
language
English
id
1459348
date added to LUP
2009-09-21 08:22:32
date last changed
2009-09-21 08:22:32
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  abstract     = {The overall purpose with this thesis has been to consider whether cross-border cooperations funded by Interreg strengthen or undermine the nation-state. A case study has been carried out, where the South Baltic cross-border co-operation has constituted a case. The result is based on material of nineteen interviews with stakeholders from five different countries representing subnational level, national level and the European Commission.
With the background of a developed analytical framework the establishment
process and how different actors can influence the co-operation’s opportunity to be maintained or deepened have been examined. The establishment process was analysed from a decision-making model inspired by John W. Kingdon. How different actors can influence the co-operation’s opportunity to be maintained or deepened was examined from two different angles; the vertical dimension,representing actors from the national governments and the EU, and the horizontal dimension representing subnational actors.
It was concluded that since national actors to a high degree drove the process to establish the South Baltic co-operation and are the ones that primarily determine the cross-border co-operation’s opportunity to be maintained or deepened; a cross-border co-operation like the South Baltic co-operation in the framework of Interreg, strengthens rather than undermine the nation-state.},
  author       = {Hansson, Caroline},
  keyword      = {South Baltic,Interreg,Cross-border co-operation,nation-state,establishment process},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A cross-border co-operation in the hands of the EU and the national states?},
  year         = {2009},
}