European Regional Networks: Enhancing European Engagement and Identity Building?

  • Julie Anna Braun


With nearly all EU regions participating in European regional networks as part of their European policy, it becomes vital to conduct an evidence-based assessment on whether networks cultivate a European identity through their work. This chapter presents a case study on ERRIN, a European regional network. It will help understand whether networks have the ability to mitigate circumstances when national and / or regional governments are Eurosceptic and nevertheless foster European cooperation and identity building. By providing a review of the network as well as presenting the findings from 13 semi-structured interviews with network members, it will be determined to which extent European networks can facilitate cooperation and integration and support the emergence of European identity.


Books and Articles

  1. Fligstein, N. (2008). Euroclash – The EU, European Identity, and the Future of Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Anna Braun
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  1. 1.Hertie School of GovernanceBerlinGermany

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