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Fredriika Jakola (2016) Borders, planning and policy transfer: historicaltransformation of development discourses in the Finnish Torne Valley, European Planning Studies,24:10, 1806-1824, DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1194808

Borders, planning and policy transfer : historical transformation of development discourses in the Finnish Torne Valley

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Author: Jakola, Fredriika1
Organizations: 1Department of Geography, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2016
Publish Date: 2019-10-24


European Union spatial policies have become a key institutional context in which to study policy transfer processes in European border areas. These policies are, however, only the most recent part of these transformation processes which raises a need for more historically sensitive approaches. An historical perspective is important, since border regions are historical processes with particular path-dependent development trajectories and power structures. This paper aims to contribute to the discussion concerning the transformation of European border regions by looking at the policy transfer of regional development discourses in the Finnish Torne Valley. The study material consists of strategic development documents produced by the Finnish border municipalities and the municipal-based co-operation organizations from the 1930s to 2013. The examination, based on critical discourse analysis, shows that the transformation process is driven by national trends and the dominant planning discourse. Nevertheless, the particular border setting and local discourse on ‘united Torne Valley’ have also intertwined with political and economic processes during different time periods.

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Series: European planning studies
ISSN: 0965-4313
ISSN-E: 1469-5944
ISSN-L: 0965-4313
Volume: 24
Issue: 10
Pages: 1806 - 1824
DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1194808
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Planning Studies on 14 Jun 2016, available online: