The Political Economy of Regional Infrastructure
Chapter 2: The European infrastructure system
Europe is the continent where regionalism has the longest precedent in the form of the European Union (EU). However, only relatively recently has this integrationist agenda turned to the development of regional infrastructure systems. Framed within the context provided by formal European integration, this chapter argues that the main policy strategy for the development of the European infrastructure system – the trans-European networks initiative – is indicative of the EU’s aspirational territoriality. As such, despite the rhetoric and grand ambitions, the initiative has not amounted to much, with the main drivers of the process being through informal integration via bilateral and multilateral agreement between states.
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