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Jakola, F. and Prokkola, E. (2018), Trust Building or Vested Interest? Social Capital Processes of Cross‐Border Co‐Operation in the Border Towns of Tornio and Haparanda. Tijds. voor econ. en soc. geog, 109: 224-238. doi:10.1111/tesg.12279

Trust building or vested interest? : social capital processes of cross-border co-operation in the border towns of Tornio and Haparanda

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Author: Jakola, Fredriika1; Prokkola, Eeva‐Kaisa1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, Box 3000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019102434644
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-03-14
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Abstract

During the recent decade, scholars have started to pay more attention to how the local socio‐institutional environment affects the outcome of regional cross‐border co‐operation (CBC) programmes and projects. This paper studies the social capital processes of CBC, particular focus being on how power and trust relations are manifested in project networking and implementation governed by public authorities. The examination focuses on the border towns of Tornio (Finland) and Haparanda (Sweden) which share a common cultural history and a long tradition of co‐operation. The results, based on document analysis and 16 interviews, show that the CBC at Tornio‐Haparanda is not unproblematic but contested by different interest groups and actors. It involves practices of inclusion and exclusion that influence mobilisation, engagement and trust building between different actors. The social capital processes are intertwined with the local norms and values as well as with the strategic networking and pursuance of specific development objectives.

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Series: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
ISSN: 0040-747X
ISSN-E: 1467-9663
ISSN-L: 0040-747X
Volume: 109
Issue: 2
Pages: 224 - 238
DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12279
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/tesg.12279
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
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Copyright information: © 2017 Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Jakola, F. and Prokkola, E. (2018), Trust Building or Vested Interest? Social Capital Processes of Cross‐Border Co‐Operation in the Border Towns of Tornio and Haparanda. Tijds. voor econ. en soc. geog, 109: 224-238, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12279. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.