Cross-border Cooperation and Regional Responses to NAFTA and Globalization

Authored by: Vera Pavlakovich-Kochi

The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies

Print publication date:  July  2011
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754674061
eBook ISBN: 9781315612782
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043997

10.4324/9781315612782.ch23

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Abstract

Cross-border cooperation in the U.S.-Mexico border region is not a new process; the international boundary between the United States and Mexico, which was finalized in 1854 with the Gadsden Purchase of what is now southern Arizona, has always been considered quite porous and conducive to local cross-border interchanges. For decades cross-border cooperation was mostly local in scope; it was used as the most common strategy in coping with border issues and remoteness from the respective national capitals.

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