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"The disruption of national policy communities in Europe: The precondition for a European policy"

Koo, Kab-Woo. (1997) "The disruption of national policy communities in Europe: The precondition for a European policy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This article investigates the conditions under which national policy communities were disrupted, thereby opening a window of opportunity for policy entrepreneurship on the part of the European Commission and transnational private actors. Special attention is given to the case of telecommunications which has been highly insulated from external pressures and competitive processes and for which an EU policy did not exist before the mid-1980s. This article suggests two factors which strongly contributed to the disruption of national policy communities. First, their disruption began with the virtual defection of transnational firms including corporate users and manufacturers, as the telecommunications equipment and services markets were transnationalized. Second, the Europeanization of telecommunications politics was a sufficient condition for the disruption of national policy communities, leaving the formation of a transnational policy network whose members were the officials of the European Commission, the chief executives of transnational firms, Europeanized neo-liberal bureaucrats and politicians, and telecommunications professionals. This transnational alliance has enabled the EU to function as a post-national form of the capitalist state.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > telecommunication policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 38
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2651

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