Rossi Borges, João Augusto, Sabine Neuberger, Helmut Saatkamp, Alfons Oude Lansink, & Dietrich Darr (2021, October). Stakeholder viewpoints on facilitation of cross-border cooperation. European Planning Studies. (ePub in advance of print) (Open Access: https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2021.1988061)

Abstract: The European Union fosters cooperation in cross-border regions through the European Cohesion Policy (ECP). The implementation of ECP instruments requires a participatory approach, in which stakeholders’ views are acknowledged. However, the multiple of views among and between stakeholders of cross-border initiatives complicate their involvement in a participatory approach. A prerequisite for a meaningful involvement of all stakeholders is an in-depth understanding of their viewpoints on what facilitates cross-border cooperation. However, to date, these viewpoints are poorly understood. This study aims to identify and analyse stakeholders’ viewpoints on the facilitation of cross-border cooperation. The viewpoints of a sample of entrepreneurs, members of education institutes, and members from local institutions (policymakers and industry representatives) in the Dutch-German cross-border region Rhine-Waal were collected via Q methodology and complemented through interviews. Four viewpoints emerged: cooperation through pro-active engagement, cooperation through targeted policies, cooperation through an aligned institutional setup, and cooperation through socio-cultural proximity. Results can inform policy-making aimed to increase stakeholder involvement in participatory approaches in cross-border regions.

João Augusto Rossi Borges <joaoborges@ufgd.edu.br> is in the Business Economics Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

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