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Changing Dynamics of Regional Representation in Brussels: A Case Study of Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1984-2004


  • Stewart Macneill
  • Charlie Jeffery
  • John Gibney


MacNeill S., Jeffery C. and Gibney J. (2007) The changing dynamics of regional representation in Brussels: a case study of Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1984-2004, Regional Studies 41, -. There are currently around 235 sub-national representations to the European Union, yet relatively is known little about their changing dynamics. The paper explores regional motivation to invest in 'Brussels Offices' and develops a UK-based case study. It illustrates how the raison d'etre might accommodated both the 'pull' factors of European policy, and funding regimens, and 'push' factors located in domestic contexts, and it concludes with a brief consideration of the critical issues for the future of such offices. MacNeill S., Jeffery C. et Gibney J. (2007) La dynamique changeante de la representation regionale a Bruxelles: etude de cas de Birmigham et des West Midlands de 1984 a 2004, Regional Studies 41, -. A l'heure qu'il est, il y a environ 235 representations sous-nationales dans l'Union europeenne. Toujours est-il que l'on sait tres peu de leur dynamique changeante. Cet article cherche a examiner la motivation regionale pour investir dans des 'Bureaux a Bruxelles' et developpe une etude de cas fondee sur le Royaume-Uni. On presente comment la raison d'etre pourrait embrasser a la fois les facteurs de la politique europeenne qui 'tirent' et les sources de financement, et les facteurs localises en fonction des contextes interieurs qui 'poussent'. Pour conclure, on considere brievement les questions cle quant au futur de ce genre de bureaux. Strategies europeennes d'envergure regionale Europe des regions Representation regionale a la Commission europeenne MacNeill S., Jeffery C. und Gibney J. (2007) Die veranderliche Dynamik der Regionalvertretungen in Brussel: eine Fallstudie von Birmingham und den West Midlands, 1984-2004, Regional Studies 41, -. In der Europaischen Union gibt es derzeit etwa 235 subnationale Vertretungen, doch uber deren veranderliche Dynamik ist nur relativ wenig bekannt. In diesem Beitrag wird untersucht, wie stark die Motivation in den Regionen ist, in “Brusseler Niederlassungen” zu investieren, und es wird eine Fallstudie in Grossbritannien durchgefuhrt. Illustriert wird, wie der Existenzgrund sowohl auf die “anziehenden” Faktoren der europaischen Politik mitsamt ihrer Finanzierungen als auch auf die “aussendenden” Faktoren im einheimischen Kontext zuruckzufuhren ist. Der Beitrag endet mit einer kurzen Untersuchung der wichtigsten Aspekte hinsichtlich der Zukunft solcher Niederlassungen. Europastrategien auf Regionalebene Europa der Regionen Regionalvertretungen bei der Europaischen Kommission MacNeill S., Jeffery C. y Gibney J. (2007) Las dinamicas cambiantes de la representacion regional en Bruselas: El ejemplo de Birmingham y West Midlands 1984-2004, Regional Studies 41, -. Las dinamicas cambiantes de la representacion regional en Bruselas: El ejemplo de Birmingham y West Midlands 1984-2004. Aunque hoy dia existen unas 235 representaciones subnacionales en la Union Europea, poco conocemos sobre sus dinamicas cambiantes. En este articulo analizamos la motivacion regional para invertir en las 'oficinas de Bruselas' a traves de un ejemplo del Reino Unido. Ilustramos como esta motivacion se debe tanto a factores de 'atraccion' por parte de la politica europea y sus regimenes de financiacion, como a factores de 'expulsion' ubicados en contextos nacionales. Terminamos considerando brevemente los asuntos fundamentales para el futuro de estas oficinas. Etrategias europeas a nivel regional Europa de las regiones Representaciones regionales en la Comision Europea

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  • Stewart Macneill & Charlie Jeffery & John Gibney, 2007. "Changing Dynamics of Regional Representation in Brussels: A Case Study of Birmingham and the West Midlands, 1984-2004," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(3), pages 403-414.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:41:y:2007:i:3:p:403-414
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400601135351

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