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Globalisation, Convergence and European Telecommunications Regulation

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Globalisation, Convergence and European Telecommunications Regulation

9781852789312 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter Humphreys, formerly School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK and Seamus Simpson, University of Salford, UK
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 85278 931 2 Extent: 232 pp
This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the complex interrelationship between technological change, globalisation, ‘Europeanisation’, national institutional structures, and the transfer of ideas in the reform of European telecommunications regulation.

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This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the complex interrelationship between technological change, globalisation, ‘Europeanisation’, national institutional structures, and the transfer of ideas in the reform of European telecommunications regulation.

Globalisation, Convergence and European Telecommunications Regulation analyses the achievements and limitations of over twenty years of EU efforts to liberalise markets and to harmonise regulation. A key feature is the author's treatment of the EU’s regulatory policy response to technological convergence in the information and communications sector, through its new Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework. The book explores in detail the dynamics of the complex relationship between technological and globalisation pressures, economic interests and European and national policy responses. A key finding is persistent Member State diversity in regulatory implementation alongside remarkable policy convergence on a new institutional model for the telecommunications sector. An overarching trend is the emergence of distinct features of a ‘regulatory state’, at national and EU level, in the telecommunications sector.

Contributing to the ongoing debate on the role of the EC and the extent to which EU telecommunications policy can be described as ‘supranational’, this book will strongly appeal to academics, researchers, students and practitioners involved in the fields of technology, public policy and European studies.
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‘For policy analysts, the transformation of European public policies since the nineties has become an exceptionally challenging process in which actors and institutions operate at multiple levels combining old and new loyalties, playing traditional and innovative political games. This is an excellent book that introduces the reader to these complexities taking into account recent academic debates about policy making in Europe, and analyses the configuration of a telecommunications regulatory regime in Europe at different levels. The book reviews the recent policy changes towards the opening of telecommunications markets in Europe, considering different analytical perspectives. Globalization and domestic pressures are both regarded as relevant factors impacting on European arenas, and Europeanization processes are carefully examined in detail within these contexts. In sum, for all those who aim to understand recent developments in European telecommunications policy, this book will make for necessary reading.’
– Jacint Jordana, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Contents
Contents: 1. Introduction: The Analytical Framework 2. Globalisation and the Competition State 3. Liberalisation and Europeanisation of Telecommunications – The Emergence of an EU Policy Framework 4. The Transposition and Implementation of the EU’s 1998 Regulatory Framework 5. A New EU Regulatory Package for Converging Electronic Communications Networks and Services 6. Regulation of Communications Content and the EU’s Electronic Communications Regulatory Framework 7. The Changing Global Governance of Telecommunications and the EU 8. Conclusions – Globalisation, Convergence and European Telecommunications Regulation References Index
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