The BMBF funded project ‘Linking Borderlands’ (2021-2024) brings together researchers from Saarland University, University of Kaiserslautern, European University Viadrina Frankfurt and Brandenburg University.
From an interdisciplinary perspective we look at the specific dynamics of EU border regions in the Saar-LorLux+ and the Brandenburg/Lebus area. While the different project subparts examine shared cross-border cultures and structures in language, planning, film and energy supply, the political science part of the project acts as the connecting puzzle piece: Its main focus lies on providing evidence for the mechanisms of transnational learning by drawing on the literatures on policy transfer and governance. The aim of the project will be to develop a refined theoretical model of cross-border policy transfer and to provide empirical evidence from several case studies. The results will not only further our scientific understanding of the increasing tendencies of policy convergence across states but will also be made available for practitioners and politicians.
Team (at TU Kaiserslautern):
Georg Wenzelburger, Stefanie Thurm
April 2021 to March 2024