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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2226; doi:10.3390/su9122226

The Analysis of the Determinants of Sustainable Cross-Border Cooperation and Recommendations on Its Harmonization

Faculty of Applied Sciences, The University of Dąbrowa Górnicza, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
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Received: 8 October 2017 / Revised: 10 November 2017 / Accepted: 28 November 2017 / Published: 1 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alliances and Network Organizations for Sustainable Development)
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Cross-border partnerships are a distinctive example of inter-organizational cooperation, embedded, in terms of territory, in the neighboring borderland regions of two or more countries. The aim of this paper is to identify factors that contribute to the sustainable cross-border cooperation and affect motivation to increase cooperation between cross-border partners. The objective implementation is connected with the verification of a hypothesis referring to the possible impact of the European Union funds on the trans-boundary cooperation transformations. Results of desk research and quantitative research involving IDI, CATI, CAWI and CATI and PAPI data collection methods, implemented in the Polish–Czech borderland in 2016 were used in this paper. Research on the Polish–Lithuanian borderland was also used in the paper to conduct comparative analysis, useful to identify and evaluate factors motivating sustainable cross-border cooperation in the Czech–Polish borderland. The sustainable, cross-border and inter-organizational cooperation in the borderlands results from the simultaneous interaction of three groups of factors: (1) people and institutions (the quality of interpersonal relationships); (2) cross-border planning, procedures and support mechanisms (e.g., the possibility of jointly planning the cross-border cooperation and obtaining EU funds for the development of the borderlands as well as the availability of other funds helpful in this kind of cooperation); and (3) environment (historical affinity and geographical proximity of neighboring border regions, system support at the regional and local level in neighboring countries). View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable cross-border cooperation; inter-organizational cooperation; international partnerships; borderland development sustainable cross-border cooperation; inter-organizational cooperation; international partnerships; borderland development

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Kurowska-Pysz, J.; Szczepańska-Woszczyna, K. The Analysis of the Determinants of Sustainable Cross-Border Cooperation and Recommendations on Its Harmonization. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2226.

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