SOLOGUB A.P. Mechanisms of Region Construction: the Case of International Projects in the Baltic Sea Region


Anastasiya Petrovna Sologub

Postgraduate Student, Department of World Politics,

Saint Petersburg State University

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Abstract. The article analyzes the processes of regional construction and their specific features in the Baltic Sea region. The article provides insights into main approaches to defining the notion of the Baltic Sea Region, its geography, rationales and preconditions of the Baltic Sea Region construction. The author makes conclusion that currently the construction process is being continued, and it involves a wide range of actors: NGOs, local and regional authorities, scientific organizations, higher education institutions, business structures, international organizations. All these actors use different tools and act in different spheres. Although there is no clear answer to the question “Who and how constructs the Baltic Sea Region?”, it is concluded that the cooperation played a significant role in this process, for example, by determining the geography of the region and creating communication networks. Projects, in turn, become a widespread form of cooperation which are used by large Baltic interregional organizations, such as the Northern Dimension, Interregional programmes, the Council of the Baltic Sea States. International project activity of the described above actors, being the point of pooled resources application and also narratives on the regional issues, became one of the mechanisms of the region construction. The article proves that a wide variety of projects in various fields with the participation of different actors creates a picture of the Baltic Sea region building some of its features and providing common identity and responsibility ideas.

Key words: Baltic Sea, cooperation, international projects, new regionalism, constructivism, region, construction of the region.

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Mechanisms of Region Construction: the Case of International Projects in the Baltic Sea Region by Sologub A.P. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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