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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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A transdisciplinary approach to cross-border cooperation: A dream? My experiences at the Euro-Institut and within the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN) (Anne Thevenet)


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A transdisciplinary approach to cross-border cooperation: A dream?

My experiences at the Euro-Institut and within the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN)


This article is to be understood as a personal testimony based on my experience working on cross-border cooperation in cross-border context at the Euro-Institut1 in the Upper-Rhine Region since 2005.

As I joined the team of this very special Franco-German institution I was a young woman who just finished her studies in Political Sciences, European Affairs and Management. I was used to work with different disciplines on different fields. Indeed I studied different aspects of law, economy, sociology, history, language, philosophy, geography, etc. In retrospect, it is definitely one of the reasons why the perspective of joining the team of the Euro-Institut seduced me and it certainly also influenced my way of working here.

The Euro-Institut

Before going any further let me introduce you briefly the Euro-Institut. This is a Franco-German organization which was created in 1993 as a European Economic Interest Grouping by French and German local and regional authorities as well as the French state on the initiative of the University for Applied Sciences of Kehl ‒ Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung (Germany). It changed its legal form in 2004 in order to become the first Local Grouping of Cross-Border Cooperation based in Baden-Württemberg on the basis of the Karlsruhe Agreement (1996). ← 483 | 484 →

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