The Changing Significance of European Borders

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It is necessary to understand how state borders in Europe are changing in order to fully assess the factors which facilitate and encourage cross-border cooperation. This article considers the enduring social significance of borders, the need for a historical understanding of the nature and extent of border change in Europe, and the impact of recent European integration. Change in the structure, functions and meanings of European state borders has been the norm rather than the exception. Although much of this change has been associated with war, violence and coercion, a key contemporary issue facing the architects of European integration is how the ambiguity and contradictory nature border change can be regulated democratically and managed cooperatively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-36
Number of pages24
JournalRegional and Federal Studies
Volume12 (4)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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