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The Belfast Agreement and Cross-border Economic Cooperation in the Tourism Industry

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  • Paul Teague
  • Joan Henderson
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    Teague P. and Henderson J. (2006) The Belfast Agreement and cross-border economic cooperation in the tourism industry, Regional Studies 40, 1-14. This paper examines the impact of the Belfast Agreement on north-south economic cooperation in Ireland, using the tourism industry as a case study. The first part of the paper sets out the suggested benefits that may arise from greater economic and business connections between both parts of the island. It also develops a policy framework that the authors believe is established by the Agreement to achieve these benefits. A number of propositions are developed to assess under what conditions the potential benefits from greater cooperation will actually materialize. The second part explores the case-study evidence. The paper concludes by arguing that although advances have been made towards greater cooperation, these new initiatives, for the most part, have not been of a deep or strategic kind. The 'minimalist' character of Strand Two of the Agreement suggests that no big 'institutional push' is likely to emerge to change this situation. Teague P. et Henderson J. (2006) L'Accord de Belfast et la cooperation transfrontaliere dans l'industrie du tourisme, Regional Studies 40, 1-14. Employant l'industrie du tourisme comme etude de cas, cet article cherche a examiner l'impact de l'Accord de Belfast sur la cooperation nord-sud en Irlande. Dans un premier temps, on presente les avantages pretendus qui pourraient decouler des liens economiques et commerciaux plus etroits entre les deux parties de l'ile. On developpe aussi un cadre de politique, cense etre etabli selon l'accord afin de reussir ces avantages. On avance un nombre de propositions pour evaluer les conditions sous lesquelles les avantages potentiels d'une cooperation plus etroite se concretiseront. Dans un deuxieme temps, on examine les preuves provenant de l'etude de cas. Pour conclure, l'article cherche a affirmer que, bien que l'on fasse des progres vers une cooperation plus importante, toujours est-il que ces nouvelles initiatives n'ont ete, dans une large mesure, ni approfondies, ni strategiques. Le caractere 'minimaliste' du deuxieme chapitre de l'accord suppose qu'il est peu probable qu'aucune 'campagne institutionnelle' se fasse jour afin de changer cette situation. Developpement economique Tourisme Developpement irlandais Cooperation de politique Integration economique Teague P. und Henderson J. (2006) Das Belfaster Abkommen und grenzuberschreitende wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit in der Fremdenverkehrsindustrie, Regional Studies 40, 1-14. Dieser Aufsatz untersucht die Auswirkung des Belfaster Abkommens auf die wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit des Nordens und Sudens von Irland, wobei die Fremdenverkehrsindustrie als Fallstudie dient. Der erste Teil des Aufsatzes stellt die angedeuteten Vorteile dar, die sich aus verstarkten Wirtschafts- und Geschaftsverbindungen zwischen den beiden Teilen der Insel ergeben konnten. Er entwickelt auch einen Grundsatzrahmen, der nach Ansicht der Autoren vom Abkommen zur Erlangung dieser Vorteile festgelegt. Es werden eine Anzahl Vorschlage zur Beurteilung unterbreitet, unter welchen Umstanden sich potentialle Vorteile durch verstarkte Zusammenarbeit tatsachlich erreichen liessen. Der zweite Teil des Aufsatzes untersucht die Ergebnisse der Fallstudie. Der Aufsatz schliesst damit, mit der These, dass, Schritte zu verstarkter Zusammenarbeit unternommen worden sind, diese neuen Initiativen grosstenteils weder tiefgreifend noch strategischer Natur gewesen seien. Der 'minimalistische' Charakter des zweiten Planke des Abkommens legt nahe, dass kein 'institutioneller Vorstoss' zu erwarten ist, der die Situation verandern wurde. Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung Fremdenverkehr Irische Entwicklung Politische Zusammenarbeit Wirtschaftlicher Zusammenschluss Teague P. y Henderson J. (2006) El Acuerdo de Belfast y la cooperacion economica transnacional en la industria turistica, Regional Studies 40, 1-14. Mediante el caso practico de la industria turistica, en este ensayo examino el impacto del Acuerdo de Belfast en la cooperacion economica norte-sur en Irlanda. En la primera parte del articulo describo los beneficios sugeridos que podrian surgir a partir de una mayor conexion economica y comercial entre ambas regiones en la isla. Asimismo desarrollo una estructura de politicas que, segun los autores, el Acuerdo establece para llegar a alcanzar estos beneficios. Expongo una serie de proposiciones para evaluar en que condiciones se materializaran los posibles beneficios a partir de una mayor cooperacion. En la segunda parte del articulo estudio las pruebas del caso practico. Termino sosteniendo que aunque se ha progresado hacia una mayor cooperacion, estas nuevas iniciativas no han sido en su mayor parte ni exhaustivas ni estrategicas. El caracter 'minimalista' de la segunda parte del acuerdo sugiere que no es probable que surja un mayor 'impulso institucional' para cambiar esta situacion. Desarrollo economico Turismo Desarrollo irlandes Cooperacion de politicas Integracion economica

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 9 ()
    Pages: 1083-1096

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    Keywords: Economic development; Tourism; Irish development; Policy cooperation; Economic integration;

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