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Territorial Thinking and the Legal Framework in Cross-Border Cooperation: the Recent Situation and Fieldwork Results in the Western Alps

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Suchet, André
Published in European Journal of Geography. 2013, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 20-32
Abstract In this article we discuss the following questions: what is the key to cross-border cooperation, particularly in the case of European mountain regions? Does the legal framework represent a starting point for the development of cross-border relations or is it just a simple tool in the service of territorial thinking? If we consider that there is a strong link between cross-border relations and the European project, the above questions also raise the issue of the relative roles of the bottom-up and top-down processes in the dynamics of European integration. Results suggest that the legal framework represents an indispensable tool in the service of territorial thinking but it cannot be a starting point for the development of cross-border relations. The solutions do not only concern the law but also territory; the essential question is how to define the social, political and spatial boundaries of cross-border cooperation.
Keywords Protected areasMountainLegal frameworkTerritorial thinkingCross-border cooperationEuropean integration
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JACOB, Lauranne, SUCHET, André. Territorial Thinking and the Legal Framework in Cross-Border Cooperation: the Recent Situation and Fieldwork Results in the Western Alps. In: European Journal of Geography, 2013, vol. 4, n° 4, p. 20-32. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:48260

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