This Second Edition of Making Policy in Europe is fully revised and expanded to provide the most up-to-date introduction to the study of policymaking in the European Union (EU). The first part of the book introduces the different perspectives to study of the EU as a political system, and provides a framework for the study of the main actors and institutions in the decision-making process from transnational lobbying within Brussels to the implementation of EU law in national member states. Part two introduces each of the main sectoral policy areas. The common "market" is introduced and reviewed before students are provided with detailed studies of policies and policy-making in telecommunication

Telecommunications Policy: Interest Convergence and Globalization

Telecommunications Policy: Interest Convergence and Globalization

Telecommunications policy: Interest convergence and globalization
Kjell A.Eliassen and Marit S.Marino


In contrast to the sector of rail and transport the telecommunication sector is characterized by a high degree of success. A powerful Pan-European supranational regime has been established despite strong and diverse traditional models. This chapter discusses why this has been possible within a relatively short time and with little conflict. We will also discuss what effects the new regime has on industry structure. The telecommunications sector is on the one side a highly technical sector, with significant importance for general economic development and for research and development in advanced technologies. On the other side, it has traditionally been a highly politicized sector, where the nation-states claimed total sovereignty until ...

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