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The Rise of the Networking Region

The Challenges of Regional Collaboration in a Globalized World, 1st Edition

By Are Vegard Haug

Edited by Harald Baldersheim


212 pages

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How regions and cities adapt to a Network Society and a globalized environment, the policies they pursue and how structures of governance are transformed in the pursuit of those policies are major themes in this volume. These issues are addressed with specific reference to the Nordic regions of Europe. Covering the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden plus the Faroe Islands, this volume charts the changes in networking activities and related development initiatives that have taken place over the last ten years. This means analysing regions in their pursuit of new policies, partnerships and styles of representation. Through this process regions are becoming partners and players in European integration and a movement of integrative regionalism is taking shape which is different from inward looking identity regionalism or self-centred competitive regionalism and takes regions beyond lobbying in Brussels.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The rise of the networking region: the challenges of regional collaboration in a globalized world, Harald Baldersheim and Morten Øgård; The Nordic regions: institutional development and public debate 1996-2009, Siv Sandberg; Knowledge brokerage and institutional retooling: policy preferences for regional development in a competitive world, Harald Baldersheim; Learning ecologies: capacity-building in Nordic regions and cities through cross-institutional and cross-border cooperation, Harald Baldersheim and Morten Øgård; Regions in the European architecture of governance: towards integrative regionalism. The attitudes of regional policy-makers, Harald Baldersheim; Transforming governance in cities and regions in the Nordic countries: adapting to 'the new citizen'?, Harald Baldersheim and Morten Øgård; Informatization of political roles and communication patterns: regional advantages through information and communication technologies?, Are Vegard Haug; 'The new kid on the block': Faroese foreign affairs - between hierarchy and network, Joan Ólavsdóttir, Jens Christian Svabo Justinussen and Beinta í Jákupsstovu; Building learning ecologies: what works and how? The examples of the county councils of Telemark and Aust-Agder (Norway), Jørgen Sande Lysa and Morten Øgård; International cooperation of the new Danish regions: lifeline or last rites? The case of Southern Denmark, Niels Ejersbo; Cultural policies as development strategies in Nordic regions - a comparison of two projects, Aase Marthe J. Horrigmo; Conclusion: the policy nexus in network governance, Harald Baldersheim, Are Vegard Haug and Morten Øgård; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Harald Baldersheim, University of Oslo, Norway, Are Vegard Haug and Morten Øgård, University of Agder, Norway

About the Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series
The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series presents innovative analyses of a range of novel regional relations and institutions. Going beyond established, formal, interstate economic organizations, this essential series provides informed interdisciplinary and international research and debate about myriad heterogeneous intermediate-level interactions. Reflective of its cosmopolitan and creative orientation, this series is developed by an international editorial team of established and emerging scholars in both the South and North. It reinforces ongoing networks of analysts in both academia and think-tanks as well as international agencies concerned with micro-, meso- and macro-level regionalisms.

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