Introduction: Constructing a Cross Border Cascadia Region (1-5) 1 1S6 psmith@sfu.ca

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Patrick Smith
2008 Canadian Political Science Review   unpublished
i For the last 20 years the scholarship on borders has shifted from a narrow geographical perspective where borders were conceptualized as boundary lines drafted on maps and containers of polities, states, and sovereignties that were mutually recognized by international treaties, to complex geographical spaces, where borders result from political and policy mechanisms where people (agents) and institutions, policies and cultures and economic flows (structures) re-invent borderland,
more » ... rland, border-regions and border-zones, and ultimately the boundary line itself. Collectively, the research covered in this special issue suggests several avenues for future collaboration: on Cascadia-based research and on cross-border regional comparisons. This special issue results from a series of lectures that were organized by the Local Government Institute, and Center for Public Sector Studies, University of Victoria, in 2006-7 on the theme of Cascadia: the Rise of a North American Border Region. These lectures were conceived as being interdisciplinary yet focusing on the same geographical/spatial cross border region of the Pacific North West, also called Cascadia, and underlining clear social science perspectives on the region. ii Each of these initial reports was substantially edited and rewritten for this special "Cascadia" issue of the Canadian Political Science Review. For the last 20 years the scholarship on borders has shifted from a narrow geographical perspective where borders were conceptualized as boundary lines drafted on maps and containers of polities, states, and sovereignties that were mutually recognized by international treaties, to complex geographical spaces, where borders result from political and policy mechanisms where people (agents) and institutions, policies and cultures and economic flows (structures) re-invent borderland, border-regions and border-zones, and ultimately the boundary line itself. iii 1
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