The 2018 Yearbook of CESCI (for Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives in Budapest; edited by James W. Scott, ISSN 2064-6704) opens with an article of mine based on a paper given at a conference of the International Association of Borderlands held at the Central European University of Soros fame in July last. The article is available on PURE.

The editor says about it that it opens ‘…the discussion on a highly thoughtful note regarding the significance of state borders within the no longer de-bordering European Union. Faludi’s concern is with the persistent role of territoriality in conditioning cross-border cooperation contexts. As he argues, one of the main battlegrounds in this context are the EU’s Structural and Investment Funds, arenas where the – unsuccessful – struggle over European spatial planning has taken place. Maybe because there is less funding available, cross-border, trans-national and inter-regional Territorial Cooperation seems a minor concern. But the borderlands involved still, and in their own specific ways, counteract the ter- ritoriality of states. This might help explain why the Commission, supported by the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions keeps on promoting cooperation across borders.’

Writing this paper in parallel with putting finishing touches to my book ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’, obviously, I was developing and applying ideas expressed therein to the situation of borderlands. 

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