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The case of the Baltic Sea area: spatial politics and fuzzy regionalism
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
2016 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. IX, no 3, 55-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article engages with political region building by examining the diverging conceptions of the Baltic Sea region since the 1970s. Itmaps the fuzzy geography arising from the enmeshment of territory with a multitude of frameworks for regional action. After 1989, the region became the object of interregional and neighborhood policies established by the European Union, with shifting territorial delimitations according to various internal and geopolitical needs of the day. Drawing on functional, relational, and administrative perspectives, it is shown how spatial definitions surrounding the Baltic Sea region have varied over the past fifty years, revealing those transnational connections that have been valued as worthwhile political investments.

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2016. Vol. IX, no 3, 55-67 p.
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Northeastern Europe, EU, macro-region, international organizations, regionbuilding, marine environment, neighborhood policy
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Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31062Local ID: 660/42/2013OAI: diva2:1044300
Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 660/42/2013
Available from: 2016-11-02 Created: 2016-11-02 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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