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

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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Nikolai Bobylev, Sébastien Gadal, Viktar Kireyeu, Alexander Sergunin. EU‐Russia cross‐border cooperation in the 21 st century: turning marginality into competitive advantage. Regional Science Policy and Practice, In press, ⟨10.1111/rsp3.12316⟩. ⟨hal-02902279⟩

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