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Delivering Advantage? The Impact of Cross-Border Cooperation at the Edge of the New European Union

Roger Lawrence

The paper will outline the findings of a postgraduate research study of the DKMT Euroregion linking Hungary, Romania and Vojvodina in Serbia. In seeking to operationalise theories of collaborative advantage and inertia in a transnational setting, this research identifies the importance of considering the role of actors, institutions and processes in inter organisational relations.The findings will detail:The common aims of the partnership and how they are arrived at,The membership structures adopted and the role of local government, central government, regional agencies and NGOs in the cooperation,Trust building in collaboration,Power and resources exercised by partners and by external institutions,Leadership at political and executive levels,How outcomes are measured and evaluated.The role of the EU, specifically the commission and its funding regimes, in promoting cooperation will also be assessed.The paper will conclude by identifying the barriers to collaboration and whether the advantages gained through Euro regional collaborative endeavours outweigh the costs incurred in the creation and sustaining of cross border partnerships. It will contribute to contribute to debates around networked governance and multi-level or variable geometry governance it will also look at the need to develop social capital in order to maximise the opportunities of enlargement in Eastern and central Europe.

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