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Cross-Border Governance: Balancing Formalized and Less Formalized Co-Operations

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  • Kristina Zumbusch


    (Institute of Systemic Management and Public Governance, University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 40a, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland)

  • Roland Scherer


    (Institute of Systemic Management and Public Governance, University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 40a, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland)

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    The paper analyses cross-border co-operation with regard to its degree of formalization. Herewith, the focus is not on single cross-border organizations, but on the encompassing governance systems in the respective regions. That means that the specific combination of differently organized cross-border arrangements is analyzed. Cross-border governance systems are facing multiple governance challenges which ask either for a certain degree of institutionalization or for more informal solutions. Based on an empirical comparison of the two experienced, but differently organized, cross-border regions in Europe the Lake Constance Region and the Upper-Rhine Region, the paper illustrates that the organizational variation of cross-border governance systems show specific patterns. From these findings, first arguments are deduced for balancing formalized and more informal co-operations in cross-border governance systems.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Social Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2015)
    Issue (Month): 3 (July)
    Pages: 1-21

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:4:y:2015:i:3:p:499-519:d:52946
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