Policy Entrepreneurship and Multi-Level Governance: A Comparative Study of European Cross-Border Regions

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 861-879, 2007

35 Pages Posted: 15 May 2008 Last revised: 4 Aug 2015

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Markus Perkmann

Imperial College Business School

Abstract

This article addresses the recent proliferation of Cross-Border Regions, or Euroregions, in Europe. It argues that EU multi-level governance patterns generate opportunities for entrepreneurial policy organisations to attract policy tasks and resources. This is conceptualised as policy entrepreneurship and applied to a comparative case study analysis of three Euroregions: EUREGIO (Germany - Netherlands), Viadrina (Poland - Germany) and Tyrol (Austria - Italy). The analysis focuses on the ability of these initiatives to establish themselves as autonomous organisations. It finds considerable variation across the cases in this respect. Following on from this, the paper shows how different administrative and institutional environments in different EU member states affect the ability of Euroregions to engage in policy entrepreneurship. It concludes that is it premature to perceive Euroregions as new types of regional territorial entities; rather, they are part of the policy innovation scenario enabled by EU multi-level governance.

Keywords: Policy entrepreneurship, multi-level governance, cross-border regions, Euroregions, trans-border collaboration; Europe, regions

Suggested Citation

Perkmann, Markus, Policy Entrepreneurship and Multi-Level Governance: A Comparative Study of European Cross-Border Regions. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 861-879, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1133126

Markus Perkmann (Contact Author)

Imperial College Business School ( email )

London, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

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