The project studies cross-border regional integration in Europe drawing on the example of the emerging Danish-German Femern Belt Region. It focuses on cross-border networking within public administration as part of regional integra- tion. My central question is how national-cultural differences influence coopera- tion, coordination and collaboration in administrative cross-border networks. In this connection the project asks after the perception of regional integration seen from the different national backgrounds. The research concentrates on the group of decision makers within the field of public administration, and in specific on the attempt to initiate and promote cross-border regional integration via the building of mental bridges between Danish and German parts of the Femern Belt Region. Here one of the first projects aiming primarily at building mental bridges in the Femern Belt Region is the Kulturbro (Cultural Bridge). I will look at culture in its function as a possible catalyst for regional integration.
Femern Bælt Region; regional integration; offentlig administration; Femern Belt Region; public administration
Main Research Area:
Governance Networks: Democracy, Policy Innovation and Global Regulation., 2009