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The Europeanisation of British Competition Policy

Cini, Michelle. (2004) The Europeanisation of British Competition Policy. In: UNSPECIFIED, Sheffield, UK.

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    [Introduction]. Competition policy presents an interesting case of Europeanisation given that the two classic channels which promote the convergence of national regulations in the EU (that is, negative, market-related regulatory competition on the one hand, and positive, state-led harmonisation on the other) do not apply to this policy domain (van Waarden and Drahos, 2002: 913). In terms of positive pressure, while applicant states are expected to introduce EU-inspired/compatible competition laws prior to accession (see Fiala 2002; Tóth, 1998; Zinsmeister and Vasile, 1998), no such requirement has been imposed on those states that are already full members. Indeed, when the European Economic Community was set up in the late 1950s, only the Federal Republic of Germany’s competition regime came anywhere close to the European model. Nevertheless, national competition policies were introduced after 1958, and in many instances – in Italy and Sweden, for example - they have come to resemble those of the European Union (even if they are far from identikit versions) (Drahos, 2001; and see Andrews, 2002 on the Irish case).

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > competition policy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: University of Sheffield, Department of Politics > ESRC/UACES Series of Seminars on EBPP > 2004-07-16 Seminar on EBPP
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2006
    Page Range: p. 20
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:40

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