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Conferences, award ceremonies and the showcasing of ‘best practice’: A case study of the annual European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4376-7493
2019 (English)In: Environment and Planning. C, Government and Policy, ISSN 0263-774X, E-ISSN 1472-3425Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper makes the case that conferences and award ceremonies are important means throughwhich best practices are presented as being successful, transferable and transformative. To dothis, it draws on the expanding literature on policy mobilities and a case study of the EuropeanWeek of Regions and Cities conference and one of the centrepieces at the conference, theRegioStars awards ceremony. Organised by public bodies within the European Union andEuropean Commission, these events take place annually in Brussels, and focus on best practicein regional and urban policy. The paper elaborates on its main argument in three ways. The first isthat award ceremonies and conferences shape and are shaped by institutional, spatial and scalardynamics. The second being that learning and educating are central to the performance ofconferences, award ceremonies and the associated mobilisation of policies. The third argumentis that such events have important consequences for those hosting the events.

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2019.
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Conferences, awards, policy mobilities, Cohesion Policy, European Union
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165425DOI: 10.1177/2399654419825656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165425DiVA, id: diva2:1283560
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The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
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