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Cross-Border Cooperation

  • By: Gabriel Popescu
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Cross-border cooperation (CBC) is a response to the challenges that international borders pose to the surrounding areas. It is the process in which neighboring local and regional actors engage in multifaceted cooperation across state borders to find mutually beneficial solutions to common problems that cannot be adequately addressed in a national framework alone. The primary goal is to transcend the barrier function of state borders.

CBC practices first appeared in Europe in the 1960s, and by the 1990s, they had become an integral part of the European Union integration process. Globalization flows have engendered the emergence of such practices in other parts of the world as well, most notably in North America and East Asia. Economically, CBC has the potential to enhance the development of the ...

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