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“In Pursuit of Selective Liberalization: The Impact of European Integration on State Capacities”

Smith, Mitchell P. (1999) “In Pursuit of Selective Liberalization: The Impact of European Integration on State Capacities”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    The essay first presents two cases in which the privileged interaction between member state executives and European Commission officials generated information asymmetries that ultimately “strengthened” the capacities of members of national executives to promote liberalization selectively. But the essay also examines two more recent cases, in which, by contrast, private sector businesses in France and Germany have discovered opportunities to challenge longstanding privileges of public sector enterprises-the postal service in France and Germany’s system of state banks, or Landesbanken. The evidence demonstrates that when governments choose economic liberalization, they cannot necessarily control the process that follows. Where European Community institutions possess substantial autonomous policy capacities, actors constrained in the domestic political arena are faced with enhanced opportunities for interest realization through European Union institutions, and the rewards of interest articulation at the European level accrue privately to those who take action, governments are constrained in their pursuit of selective economic liberalization.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > competition policy
    Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 42
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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