Multilevel Policy Discourses in Border Regions And their influence on small municipalities; a case study of Vaals
The motivation for this thesis lies in the shift towards a Europe of the regions. Crossborder cooperation plays a central role in European integration processes. The European Union seems to have an increasing influence on national governance. European policies have a strong regional focus; governance on different levels plays a role in this. Multi-level governance theory has regularly been used to approach this governance on different levels of authority, as well as the development of new governance institutions. The MLG theory as developed by Perkmann has been used as a starting point for this thesis. The actually existing Multi-level governance is strongly connected to the Open Method of Coordination used in European policy. In this thesis we approach governance on multi-levels of authority and discursive practices in a framework of multi-level governance theory and governmentality. The OMC has been used to place these theories in the practice of cross-border cooperations and activities. The central research question of this thesis is: What is the impact of regional cooperation policies at various levels of authority on the nature and degree of Cross-Border Cooperation [CBC] and Cross-Border Activities [CBA] of small Dutch municipalities?
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen