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EU‐Russia cross‐border cooperation in the 21 st century: turning marginality into competitive advantage

Authors
  • Bobylev, Nikolai
  • GADAL, Sébastien
  • Kireyeu, Viktar
  • Sergunin, Alexander
Publication Date
Jul 13, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/rsp3.12316
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-02902279v1
Source
HAL-Descartes
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Language
English
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Abstract

This paper aims to examine how Russian north‐western regions and municipalities use their marginal/border position as a resource to build a sustainable development strategy. Theoretically, this study is based on the marginality theory which states that border or remotely located subnational units are able to turn their marginality from disadvantage to a resource and transform themselves from depressed and provincial territories to attractive places hosting intense international flows of goods, services, capital, technologies and people. A number of venues for the EU‐Russia cross‐border cooperation are explored: the European Neighborhood Instrument, Northern Dimension partnerships, Euroregions and city‐twinning. The authors conclude that despite some problems with establishing a proper division of labor between above programs and project implementation cross‐border cooperation proved to be a valuable instrument not only for successful development of the marginal/border actors but also for establishing mutual trust and collaborative relations between Russia and neighboring EU countries.

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