Transportation policy networks in cross-border regions. First results from a social network analysis in Luxembourg and the Greater Region

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Despite continuing processes of economic and political integration in the European Union (EU), borders have been proven to be persistent. Politically backed and financially supported by the EU, cross-border regions are subject to economic and cultural coalescence. However, the established top-down crossborder policy network structures do not necessarily lead to the results originally aimed at. Policy networks are supposed to make the proclaimed economic, socio-cultural, and spatial EU integration process work on a local level. By empirically analysing cross-border policy networks in one specific though highly central policy domain ? the public transportation ? we reveal contradictions/inconsistencies and impediments caused by the ?border effect? and the complex nature of a specific cross-border policy network in the field of public transportation. With the technique of the social network analysis we trace and discuss such a kind of network. Our empirical findings lead us to critically examine what Hooghe and Marks (2003) describe as ?type-II-governance? in crossborder regions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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NameWorking Papers


  • Cross-border metropolitan regions
  • Luxembourg and the Greater Region
  • multi-level governance
  • public transportation
  • social network analysis

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