The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is organising the 2017 RSA conference to be held from 10 September 2017 to 13 September 2017 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
The purpose of the the 2017 Cluj session is to give an overview of the development of cross-border cooperation in Central & Eastern European (CEE) border areas, focusing on the problems and obstacles of the consolidation and institutionalisation of cross-border cooperation from a multidisciplinary perspective.
The main objective is to determine the condition and dynamics of the development of networks of cross-border cooperation arising in Central & Eastern European countries.
The session is looking for the answer to what extent the development of cross-border relations is influenced by state-centred traditions of the region.
It addresses the question whether institutional conditions are available for the role of the cross-border cooperation, and which of the levels of the public administration is suitable for realising national/subnational purposes within the changed economic, societal and political frameworks of the border areas in CEE.
The objective of the session is not only to summarize the European and domestic legal norms, forums and institutions which can accelerate the development of political, economic and social networking in a border area, but also to draw attention to the problem why the regional and local governments on the external border of the European Union cannot achieve their aspirations?
The organisers welcome the submissions of abstracts, written on relevant issues based on empirical research carried on Central and East European countries.
Please find more information about the session on the website.