The Building Blocks of a Euroregion: novel Metrics to Measure Cross-border Integration

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Abstract

The article explores how the notion of European integration at the local level can be conceptualized and measured. Based on a process-oriented inclusive understanding of integration and using relational datasets that maps both domestic and cross-border communication ties among political representatives in four Euroregions along the borders of Hungary–Slovakia and Sweden–Norway, we begin by applying and theoretically dissecting network-analytical metrics based on frequency of ties. Despite finding that such measures capture analytically relevant properties of political cross-border networks, we argue that they are less than ideal for capturing the notion of political integration. Instead, with inspiration from the blockmodeling tradition in network analysis, we propose two novel metrics—cross-border connectivity and integrational overfitting. These metrics not only enrich our understanding of political integration in cross-border settings but also can serve as useful mapping tools for policy-makers. A software client enabling the analysis of these measures supplements this article.

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Authors
External organisations
  • Central European University, Budapest
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Globalization Studies

Keywords

  • blockmodeling, cross-border cooperation, euroregions, network analysis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-389
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of European Integration
Volume37
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 16
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Externally publishedYes