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Alasdair R. Young

In: Handbook of European Union Politics

Chapter 19: The Politics of Regulation and the Internal Market

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The Politics of Regulation and the Internal Market
The politics of regulation and the internal market
Introduction

The single market programme is probably the most far-reaching and ambitious regulatory project in the world. It has both profoundly affected the relationship between the state and market within European states and fundamentally shifted authority for much microeconomic management from the member states to the European Union. As a consequence, the single market, and with it the politics of regulation, have become central to what the European Union does and have shaped how we understand what kind of political entity it is.

As with traditional states, the study of regulation in the EU has focused on core questions of whose interests prevail in the policy process and what the effects of ...

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