Opportunities for Democracy in Cross-border Regions? Lessons from the Øresund Region

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dc.contributor.author Hall, Patrik
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-16T14:38:13Z
dc.date.available 2008-04-16T14:38:13Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.issn 0034-3404 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/6055
dc.description.abstract Opportunities for democracy in cross-border regions? Lessons from the Øresund Region, Regional Studies. This article critically assesses the democratic character of cross-border regions within the European Union. Cross-border cooperation could be an experimental field for the project of making the Union more democratic through transnational partnerships, especially since large parts of cross-border policy formation are done by the local and regional authorities. The article analyses the democratic state of the Øresund Region around the Sound between Sweden and Denmark. The study demonstrates that, rather than bringing spearhead ideas of democratic organization, cross-border cooperation in the Øresund Region tends to perpetuate the problem of citizen participation within the Union. The Øresund project - and comparative evidence suggests the same pattern in other cross-border cooperations within the EU - is characterized by a relatively closed network of public agencies, chaired by a few leading politicians and senior public officials. Their strategies of regional integration emphasize individual consumption instead of public participation, and their formal representative position is unsettled. en
dc.format.extent 13
dc.language.iso swe en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en
dc.title Opportunities for Democracy in Cross-border Regions? Lessons from the Øresund Region en
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/00343400701281592 en
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Regional Studies;3 en
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 42 en
dc.format.ePage 435
dc.format.sPage 423
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