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Transportation policy networks in cross-border regions. First results from a social network analysis in Luxembourg and the Greater Region

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  • DÖRRY Sabine
  • DECOVILLE Antoine

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Despite continuing processes of economic and political integration in the European Union (EU), borders have been proven to be persistent. Politically backed and financially supported by the EU, cross-border regions are subject to economic and cultural coalescence. However, the established top-down crossborder policy network structures do not necessarily lead to the results originally aimed at. Policy networks are supposed to make the proclaimed economic, socio-cultural, and spatial EU integration process work on a local level. By empirically analysing cross-border policy networks in one specific though highly central policy domain ? the public transportation ? we reveal contradictions/inconsistencies and impediments caused by the ?border effect? and the complex nature of a specific cross-border policy network in the field of public transportation. With the technique of the social network analysis we trace and discuss such a kind of network. Our empirical findings lead us to critically examine what Hooghe and Marks (2003) describe as ?type-II-governance? in crossborder regions.

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  • DÖRRY Sabine & DECOVILLE Antoine, 2012. "Transportation policy networks in cross-border regions. First results from a social network analysis in Luxembourg and the Greater Region," LISER Working Paper Series 2012-22, LISER.
  • Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2012-22
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    Keywords

    Cross-border metropolitan regions; public transportation; Luxembourg and the Greater Region; social network analysis; multi-level governance;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • R50 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - General
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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