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Frank Dobbin

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Chapter 4: Rail and Transport Policy: National Paradigms and Supranational Structures1

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Rail and Transport Policy: National Paradigms and Supranational Structures1
Rail and transport policy: National paradigms and supranational structures1
FrankDobbin
Introduction

The story of EU rail and transportation policy is about the inter-relation between economic and political integration. The European Union is often seen as a structure for enforcing discipline on governments in a free market. The idealized market is driven by transcendental economic laws of exchange that determine what is efficient and what is not, and that help to shape social institutions. The modern social institution that has done the most to promote modernization and progress – the state – plays no role in the constitution of market efficiency. On the contrary it can only act to disrupt primordial or natural markets. The great expectation that analysts hold ...

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