This monograph analyses the role of border cities in promoting territorial development processes in border regions across the world. It not only embraces the scientific fields of regional and urban studies but also addresses territorial (urban, local, regional) development and planning theories, as well as the effects of development policies applied to border regions in both Europe and North America.

In essence, the book offers a full toolkit of border regions' territorial development knowledge and, in particular, advances a range of policy development proposals. It provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary thinking about how border cities can play a decisive role in boosting territorial development processes in border regions.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I presents a theoretical framework on the role of border cities in promoting territorial development and planning in border regions. Part II debates current mainstream policies focusing on supporting border regions and specifically border cities in the EU, the UK, and North America. Finally, Part III presents a wealth of updated knowledge, based on the analysis of several concrete case studies: border cities from both Europe (north, south, east and west) and North America (Canada, the United States, and Mexico). The chapters are written by some of the most renowned authors on the subject, including scholars from several European and North American countries, as well as the secretary generals of three European border regions associations (AEBR, MOT, and CESCI).

The book will thoroughly prepare students and provide knowledge to academics and policymakers in the fields of urban and regional planning and development studies, human geography, economic development, EU policies, border regions, and policy impacts.

chapter |4 pages


part I|52 pages

Territorial development and border cities

chapter 2|14 pages

The challenge for economic development and innovation in border regions

Cases from Inner Scandinavia

chapter 3|18 pages

Cross-border spatial planning in border cities

Unpacking the symbolic role of borders

part II|60 pages

Territorial development policies for border cities and regions

part III|136 pages

Evidence from border cities and their contribution to territorial development

chapter 8|23 pages

Rural border cities

The Danish–German border region of Schleswig

chapter 9|19 pages

Borderland formation processes

Cross-border urban functional cooperation along the Slovak–Hungarian border

chapter 13|7 pages