Repeating partners and partnerships in European Territorial Cooperation: A quantitative analysis

Ricard Esparza Masana, Pol Montemayor Cejas

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European Territorial Cooperation programmes (also known as Interreg) are designed to promoteintegration by encouraging organizations in multiple regions to work together on projects to addressshared challenges. While some key aspects of these programmes have been studied (territorial scope,thematic areas, types of initiatives), research into participant organizations and their logic withinpartnerships (groups of organizations working together on projects) and the reasons for theirparticipation in multiple projects, individually or in clusters, has been less thorough. This article presentsa quantitative analysis of programmes under Interreg B and C, investigating the variables that influenceorganizations’involvement in partnerships and the logic behind repeated collaborations. The aim is tosupplement existing research, complementing it and supporting providing a better understanding ofthis framework to programme planners, enabling them to make more informed decisions when aimingto maximize the impact of their programmes when considering partners and partnerships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-393
Number of pages25
JournalRegional Studies, Regional Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2023


  • European Territorial Cooperation
  • European integration
  • Interreg
  • Partnerships
  • Project building
  • partnerships
  • project building


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