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Transdisciplinary Discourses on Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe

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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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Planning across borders ‒ space, time and narratives (Jean Peyrony)

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Planning across borders ‒ space, time and narratives

Jean PEYRONY

Addressing the interdisciplinary challenges of cross border coopera­tion from a practical perspective means a triple challenge. Our world faces new threats and opportunities requiring integrated answers, aiming ultimately at improving the life of persons in harmony with their local and global environment. But sciences are more divided than ever between narrow disciplines, each of them addressing only a very specific dimension of life: interdisciplinarity from an academic perspective is a 1st challenge. Practitioners, in the field of public policies, are in charge of proposing solutions to political deciders they work for; for that they use technical tools based on sciences, and sometimes directly work with academics. Every practitioner has gathered an empirical interdisciplinary tool box, using various technics, or even inspirational ideas foraged here and there in scientific publications. But they generally don’t explicitly formalize such a tool box: to do so is a 2nd challenge. I am a spatial planner; in a context of globalization and Europeanization, planners have to integrate transnational contexts. But the European Union has no competence in spatial planning (Peyrony, 2018a), and there are various national understandings of the concept; this is a 3rd challenge. Needless to say that it seems impossible, in the format of a book chapter, to meet these challenges while respecting the ordinary requirements of a scientific publication. So I will rather use a narrative way, following my own intertwined exploration of practical...

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