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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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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: Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
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: 29 Oct 2015 01:03

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