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Centralization as a Barrier to Cross-Border Cooperation? Some Preliminary Notes from an Iberian Approach


  • Enrique G. Pérez-Nieto


This article explores the drivers and path of cross-border cooperation (CBC), a key—although relatively unexplored—part of the complex process of European regional integration. For Portugal and Spain, the promotion of certain cleavages by the political agency in different historical processes led to an opposite degree of (de)centralization after their long-lasting autocratic periods. Along with other related factors, this disparity in the current organization of both—unitary—Iberian States is hypothesized as a potential obstacle for the design and implementation of cross-border cooperation projects.

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  • Enrique G. Pérez-Nieto, 2016. "Centralization as a Barrier to Cross-Border Cooperation? Some Preliminary Notes from an Iberian Approach," Journal of Borderlands Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(4), pages 481-495, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rjbsxx:v:31:y:2016:i:4:p:481-495
    DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2016.1174597

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