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Cross-Border Governance: Balancing Formalized and Less Formalized Co-Operations

Institute of Systemic Management and Public Governance, University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 40a, St. Gallen 9000, Switzerland
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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(3), 499-519; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci4030499
Received: 19 May 2015 / Revised: 19 May 2015 / Accepted: 10 July 2015 / Published: 21 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cross-Border Movements and Subjectivities in a Globalized World)
The paper analyses cross-border co-operation with regard to its degree of formalization. Herewith, the focus is not on single cross-border organizations, but on the encompassing governance systems in the respective regions. That means that the specific combination of differently organized cross-border arrangements is analyzed. Cross-border governance systems are facing multiple governance challenges which ask either for a certain degree of institutionalization or for more informal solutions. Based on an empirical comparison of the two experienced, but differently organized, cross-border regions in Europe the Lake Constance Region and the Upper-Rhine Region, the paper illustrates that the organizational variation of cross-border governance systems show specific patterns. From these findings, first arguments are deduced for balancing formalized and more informal co-operations in cross-border governance systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: cross-border co-operation; cross-border governance; formalization of co-operations; Lake Constance Region; Upper Rhine region cross-border co-operation; cross-border governance; formalization of co-operations; Lake Constance Region; Upper Rhine region
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Zumbusch, K.; Scherer, R. Cross-Border Governance: Balancing Formalized and Less Formalized Co-Operations. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 499-519. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci4030499

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Zumbusch K, Scherer R. Cross-Border Governance: Balancing Formalized and Less Formalized Co-Operations. Social Sciences. 2015; 4(3):499-519. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci4030499

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Zumbusch, Kristina, and Roland Scherer. 2015. "Cross-Border Governance: Balancing Formalized and Less Formalized Co-Operations" Social Sciences 4, no. 3: 499-519. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci4030499

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