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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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A North American view on Transdisciplinary discourses in border studies (Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly)

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A North American view on Transdisciplinary discourses in border studies

Emmanuel BRUNET-JAILLY*

In this book, the editor Joachim Beck aims to develop a trans-disciplinary discussion, asking participating authors to comment from the perspective of their own discipline on (1) What is a border? What is cross-border cooperation? Then, chapter authors are asked (2) to consider theoretical/conceptual assumptions that in their discipline are prominent as transdisciplinary perspectives. Finally, the authors are (3) to reflect upon the Genesis ‒ History, Actors, Governance and Outcomes of cross-border cooperation. And, they are to project (4) those views toward possible future research questions on cross-border cooperation.

For most authors, theoretical debates regarding cross-border regions and cross-border cooperation depend on theoretical underpinnings but they also discuss their objects of studies at length: borders and border regions.

Data and the general environment leads them to raise questions; new questions and hypotheses are brought into the study of relations across sub-regional and sub-national trans-boundary spaces. The book proposes a number of fascinating theoretical disciplinary assessments across the social sciences, and then gives voice to practitioners’ perspectives: Political Science, Political Geography, Sociology, History, Law, Cultural Studies, Economics and Administrative Sciences.

In order of presentation, the first social scientists engaging with those question are political scientists; there are three perspectives by Kristian Zumbusch and Roland Schere, by Hynek Böhm, and, by Bernard Reitel and Fabienne Leloup. All three chapters discuss political science views of ← 503 | 504...

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