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The regional offices in Brussels: from 'push and pull' to 'people and place'.

Greenwood, Justin

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Justin Greenwood



Abstract

The potential of 'people and place' is assessed as a means to broaden research about regional political actors into key questions about their role in European integration, largely dormant since the European Commission's 2001 White Paper on Governance raised the potential for territorial authorities to bridge EU institutions with territorial civil society. Interviews were conducted with a subset of executives from EU liaison offices performing leading roles in the formation and maintenance of a cluster of cognate networks. A key driver involves differences in their working constraints, assessed by a dual typology of offices in conjunction with literature applied to lobbyists in outreach contexts. A tendency to 'go native' over time, coupled with the opportunities for long-time post holders to control their own working agendas, may lead to activities orientated toward bringing the EU to regions, rather than just promoting their regions in EU institutions.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2014
Journal Regions and cohesion
Print ISSN 2152-906X
Electronic ISSN 2152-9078
Publisher Berghahn Journals
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 3
Pages 1-16
Institution Citation GREENWOOD, J. 2014. The regional offices in Brussels: from 'push and pull' to 'people and place'. Regions and cohesion [online], 4(3), pages 1-16. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3167/reco.2014.040301
DOI https://doi.org/10.3167/reco.2014.040301
Keywords European integration; Networks; Policy actor socialisation; Regional liaison offices

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