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"The Construction and Consequences of EC Industrial Policy: Lessons from the Electronics Sector"

Lawton, Thomas C. (1995) "The Construction and Consequences of EC Industrial Policy: Lessons from the Electronics Sector". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Three main arguments are advanced in this paper. First, the past decade has witnessed a sea-change in the nature of the agendasetting and policy-making processes for the EC electronics sector. EC policy-making has gone from being an intra-institutional consensus-building process, to a multi-sided bargaining process. The role of nongovernmental actors in policy formulation and implementation has increased significantly since the early 1980's. In particular, large European high technology firms have significantly enhanced their policy bargaining position in relation to public sector actors. Firms have gone from being 'policy outsiders' to 'policy partners'. In fact, EC policy for electronics substantially derives from bargaining between the European Commission and large European electronics firms - the firms frequently exerting the most influence over the final policy outcome. Second, at a 'sub-pentagonal' level, EC policy results in part from intra-Commission bargaining. Ideological cleavages exist as much within the Commission as they do within the Council of Ministers. Thus, policy is in part an outcome of intra-Directorate-General (DG) rivalties, and bargaining between those bureaucrats and Commissioners of different ideological persuasions. Third, despite the rhetoric and the stated intention to move towards greater liberalisation, policy for electronics retains considerable interventionist elements.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > industrial policy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    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 > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 19
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6957

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