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5. Conclusions

Micro-regions (i.e. sub-national regions) and macro-regions (i.e. supra-national

regions) are usually seen as very distinct phenomena that have only their etymological

origin in common. They are studied by-and-large by distinct and unconnected academic

communities. In this note I have suggested that there are at least three ways to ‘connect’

the two phenomena and that a dialogue between the two communities could open new

avenues for research and lead to a better understanding of inter-polity and inter-economy

relations, in a more general sense. The three ways that were suggested are: (i) their

conceptual connection, (ii) their similar roles as emerging international actors, and (iii)

(focusing on cross-border micro-regions) the objective connection between their respective

developments.

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