The European Union and the Regulation of Media Markets

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Manchester University Press, 2005 - Political Science - 258 pages
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National broadcasting and press regulation is undergoing a process of convergence in Europe. This book explains how this process has been shaped by the actions of the European Union (EU) institutions.Alison Harcourt observes that whilst communications is one of the EU's most successful policy areas, European decision-making is eroding the national capacity to regulate for the public interest and has created a situation of regulatory arbitrage in Europe. European-level efforts to protect public interest goals have been constrained by the European Treaties. The author argues that increased European coordination in public interest regulation could be more conducive to growth and competitiveness than the dismantling of existing national laws. This, however, would require changes to the political composition of the European Union.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The evolution of EU media market regulation 9
11
Governing by judges
22
Competition law beyond the boundaries of the politically
41
The Commission the Parliament and media market regulation
62
Interest group participation in the policy process 94
97
Whither a European media market?
117
Engineering Europeanisation at the national level
158
Conclusion
199
European Union legislation governing media
214
Directorate General for Competition cases
225
References
236
Index
254
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