Regional Governance in the EU
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Regional Governance in the EU

Regions and the Future of Europe

Edited by Gabriele Abels and Jan Battke

The role of regions in the European Union has been frequently debated since the 1980s. This comprehensive book provides a thorough overview of the issue from a variety of perspectives, analysing regional governance and territorial dynamics in the EU and its member states. Focusing on the implications of the democratisation–regionalisation nexus, it argues that a ‘Europe with the regions’ may promote good governance and ameliorate the democratic deficits of the EU.
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Chapter 10: The cultural dimension of macro-regions: a prospective reflection

Thomas Perrin


This chapter delivers a prospective reflection on the cultural dimension of macro-regions. It adopts a political geography and policy analysis approach. According to the operational and functional nature of the macro-regionalisation processes, and to the polysemy of the concept of culture, the objective of this research is not to demonstrate what a cultural dimension is, but rather what it can be and how culture can concretely contribute, as a policy domain, to the progress of EU macro-regional strategies. The analysis deals with both the existing macro-regional strategies and a potentially emerging macro-region, the Western Mediterranean. It opens perspectives on the role that territorial and cultural cooperation can play in European construction.

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