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Supranationalism through institutionalization and its limits in European telecommunications

Simpson, S 2009, 'Supranationalism through institutionalization and its limits in European telecommunications' , Information, Communication & Society, 12 (8) , pp. 1224-1241.

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      Abstract

      The recent proposal of a European Electronic Communications Market Authority (EECMA) by the European Commission has turned out to be the most high profile and controversial element of the latest review of the EU's telecommunications regulatory framework, begun in 2006. EECMA provides an important example of the 'intergovernmental' and supranational-level tensions which exist in European telecommunications governance. This article argues that creating EECMA, in the form proposed by the European Commission, would have amounted to a radical departure in the direction of supranationalism for a system which has developed over 20 years a largely 'intergovernmental' character. Despite telecommunications being widely viewed as one of the most Europeanized parts of the communications sector in terms of governance, the fractious and protracted politics of EECMA provide a candid illustration of both the persistent supranational aspirations of the European Commission and, by contrast, the robustness and ultimately determinative power of national level interests.

      Item Type: Article
      Uncontrolled Keywords: communication studies; politics; regulation
      Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
      Subjects outside of the University Themes
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
      Journal or Publication Title: Information, Communication & Society
      Publisher: Taylor & Francis
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 1369-118X
      Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
      Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 17:10
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:43
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12515

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