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Transdisciplinary Discourses on Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe


Edited By Joachim Beck

In the context of European integration, cross-border cooperation has become increasingly important. Following both the quantitative and qualitative expansion of this policy-field, it has repeatedly been the subject of scientific analysis in the past. However, as a result of the classical differentiation of the scientific system, it was mostly viewed from a monodisciplinary perspective. This publication aims at the foundation of a trans-disciplinary research approach in the field of European cross-border cooperation. It takes the multi-dimensional reality of practical territorial cooperation in Europe as a starting point and develops a transdisciplinary scientific approach. Based on a common analytic frame of reference, practical patterns of cross-border policy-making in different European border regions are analyzed from the integrated theoretical perspectives of various scientific disciplines: Political Science, Geography, Sociology, History, Law, Cultural Sciences and Socio-Linguistics, Economics and Administrative Science. The scientific conceptualizations are expanded by reports from practitioners coming from different institutional and functional levels of European cross-border policy-making.

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Joachim BECK

Dr. Joachim Beck is Professor for Public Management at the University of Applied Sciences Kehl. Before he has been Director of the Franco-German Euro Institute in Kehl, near Strasbourg, was Head of Public Management at the Swiss-based consultancy PROGNOS AG and Managing Director of INFOBEST Strasbourg/Kehl, an agency providing cross-border citizen information. He has written and edited several books and articles on public management, cross-border cooperation and administrative culture in Europe and works as trainer and consultant on Impact Assessment for the Secretariat General of the European Commission. He is Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research-Institute at the University of Applied Sciences in Kehl, Academic Advisor to the Euro-Institute and Co-Director of the newly created Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for cross-border and European cooperation (partnership between the University of Strasburg/IEP and the University of Applied Sciences, Kehl). Joachim Beck holds a PhD from the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and has graduated from the University of Constance, Germany.

Recent publications: Netzwerke in der transnationalen Regional­politik. Rahmenbedingungen, Funktionsweise, Folgen, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 1997; (ed. with F. Thedieck), The European Dimension of Administrative Culture, Baden-Baden: Nomos, Schriften der Deutschen Sektion des Internationalen Instituts für Verwaltungswissenschaften, Band 33, 2008; (ed. with B. Wassenberg), Grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit erforschen und leben. Band 2. Governance in den deutschen Grenzregionen, Stuttgart: Steiner, 2011; (ed. with B. Wassenberg), Living and researching cross-border cooperation. Vol. 3. The European Dimension of Cross-border Cooperation, Stuttgart: Steiner, 2011; (ed....

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