So many regions, so many borders. A behavioural approach in the analysis of border effects
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37th European Congress of the Regional Science Association, 26 augustus 1997
Rome, Italië : [S.n.]
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Regions and borders are inseparably joined. Although quite some time is devoted to the discussion about the nature of borders, in essence borders are marking the ultimate extent of regions. The character of borders of course may differ, from for instance dividing elements between regions to more or less uniting areas of communication. In the present day Europe a lot of effort is put in diminishing the barrier-effects of borders between the member states of the European Union. Whether or not these borders are really acting as barriers however depends on the fact what type of action (e.g. economic or cultural) is undertaken on either side of these border. Understanding border-effects, whether positive or negative, therefor implies grasping the nature of the region it defines. Putting borders in the centre of attention is especially interesting when looking at the process of integration. In general studies concerning integration were performed on several levels of scale and from several points of view. Co-operation along the inner-borders of the European Union differs from national co-operation. In this case the following question can be asked: to what extent do borders influence different types of interaction between residents of different types of regions. In this contribution some thoughts are dedicated to effects of borders especially on the local or regional scene of action of individuals. Therefor a behavioural point of view is taken. One of the starting-points is a multi-scale/multi-sector model, which tries to integrate different levels of scale and thematic viewpoints which can be taken when studying border-effects.
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