No region without individual catalysts? Exploring region formation processes in Flanders (Belgium)

Lies Messely, Nick Schuermans, Joost Dessein, Elke Rogge

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    This paper focuses on the process of region formation and its interrelation with agency and regional identity. The
    region formation processes of two regions in Flanders (Belgium) were analysed, using a framework assessing the
    institutionalisation of regions. Based on semi-structured interviews and policy documents, the analysis confirmed the
    usefulness of the concept of institutionalisation to understand and visualise the evolution and ongoing dynamics of
    region formation processes. The analysis reveals the importance of the dynamic and interactive character of the
    different aspects of the framework of institutionalisation. The region formation processes in the two regions also
    indicate the importance of individual catalysts, people who stimulate synergies between the different aspects of the
    process, resulting in the (re)production of the region and its identity. Regional attachment or ‘regional identity’ was
    indispensable in the actions of these catalysts and the region formation processes.
    TaalEngels
    TijdschriftEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
    Volume21
    Exemplaarnummer3
    Pagina's (van-tot)318-330
    Aantal pagina's13
    ISSN0969-7764
    DOI's
    StatusGepubliceerd - jun-2014

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