European Telecommunications Law: Unaffected by Globalisation?

30 Pages Posted: 14 May 2002

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Christoph Engel

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods; University of Bonn - Faculty of Law & Economics; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics, Students; Universität Osnabrück - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

Globalisation can mean one of four things: a considerable degree of regulatory competition; a geographically relevant market transgressing national and regional borders; the transfer of significant regulatory power to supranational entities; the public perception that nation states have lost a remarkable degree of regulatory independence. Any of these four definitions can be applied to the shifting relationship between national and European regulatory powers as well. Accordingly, the clash between Europeanisation and globalisation opens up a host of exiting theoretical hypotheses. This paper elaborates on the options, and tests them empirically in the field of telecommunications, using the new regulatory framework proposed by the European Commission as evidence. The result is sobering. Signs of Europeanisation abound, while there is hardly an unequivocal sign of globalisation. Strategic neglect seems the most plausible explanation. The paper concludes by demonstrating why this is a political, but not a legal problem.

Suggested Citation

Engel, Christoph, European Telecommunications Law: Unaffected by Globalisation? (2002). MPI Collective Goods Preprint No. 2002/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=311981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.311981

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