The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

The Politics of Regulation and the Internal Market

The Politics of Regulation and the Internal Market

The politics of regulation and the internal market


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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