Transportation policy networks in cross-border regions. First results from a social network analysis in Luxembourg and the Greater Region.Authors: DÖRRY Sabine, DECOVILLE Antoine.
Abstract: 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.
Reference: DÖRRY Sabine, DECOVILLE Antoine. Transportation policy networks in cross-border regions. First results from a social network analysis in Luxembourg and the Greater Region. CEPS/INSTEAD, 2012, Working Papers n°2012-22, 40 p.Keywords:
JEL: F15, F16, R50, R58.