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Do networks matter? Network involvement and policy learning in Nordic regions

Journal of Baltic Studies, 48, 2017, p 497 – 511


Harald Baldersheim, Morten Øgård


The capacities of regions to form networks are an important feature of regional cooperation. This article assesses why Nordic regions engage in network activities and what new organizational patterns of collaboration emerge. It draws on historical data from a 2006–2008 survey of elected regional politicians from the Nordic countries. The article argues that through this process, participation in cross-border networks matters for regional learning as measured by the policy-choices of regions.