EU's Strategi for Østersøregionen - Multi-level Governance i praksis

Jens Martin Sonne Hansen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis addresses The Baltic Sea Region as a model for political integration and cooperation. The thesis has a distinct focus on social relations through the research question: How are actor relationships affected by the implementation of Multi-level Governance in a macro-region, exemplified by The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region? The motivation for the study is partly derived from the fact that the four-year-old EU Strategy for the Region (2009) incorporates Multi-level Governance as its governance principle. The integration theory Multi-level Governance is investigated and the thesis draws attention to how three commonly understood dimensions of defining the nation state are challenged. This process leads to the creation of a conceptual space in which actors from different levels, sectors and countries act together. This theoretical foundation leads to the establishment of four hypotheses, which are tested through certain operational criteria in a three case analysis. The cases are picked out as three different priority areas (Shipping, Health and Energy) in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Methodologically the thesis is mainly qualitatively carried out by conducting interviews, making extensive use of document material and applying a social network analysis in the examination of the cases. The Social Network Analysis is incorporated in the beginning of every case visualizing actor relationships of the particular priority area. The analysis is followed by a partly comparative discussion where the findings are evaluated in terms of proving or disproving the hypotheses. Finally, the thesis concludes that actor relationships have been affected in the way that a changed territorial understanding of the Baltic Sea Region, in certain ways, drags actors to cooperate. This development, however, has materialized in some areas more than in others.

UddannelserForvaltning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 jan. 2014
VejledereKennet Lynggaard


  • Baltic Sea Region
  • Multi-level Governance