Territorial cooperation in Scotland-Norway-Sweden border regions

Cite as: van der Zwet, A., & Vironen, H. (2013) Territorial cooperation in Scotland-Norway-Sweden border regions. Gorzelak G and Zawalinska K (ed) (2013) European Territories: From Co-operation to Integration?, Scholar, Warsaw, pp. 238-247

This chapter assesses how territorial cooperation is operationalised/mobilised and what systems most effectively support territorial cooperation. The study’s research on the governance of territorial cooperation involved desk research and a qualitative and quantitative analysis of interview and questionnaire data. The research began with an extensive literature review. A fi rst-level analysis involved reviews of strategic documents, including operational programmes, annual reports and evaluation studies. In a second-level analysis, fi ndings from the overall ESPON TERCO project were used along with an additional five case studies, which involved documentary analyses and interviews. Case studies of the governance of territorial cooperation included: Flanders-Netherlands; the Central Bal tic Programme; the North Sea Region Programme; Czech Republic-Slovak Republic; and Slovenia-Austria. Throughout this part of the project, particular emphasis was placed on the INTERREG programme as a relatively well-established form of territorial cooperation that allowed the research to consider change over time, lesson-learning and adaptation. However, many of the findings also apply to other forms of territorial cooperation.

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