This book provides a new analytical framework for legal problems concerning the economic order of the European Union. In order to determine the remaining scope for national economic sovereignty, and the improvement of the economic order of the Community itself, the focus of the book is the contentious relationship between competition and industrial policy under European law. The theoretical perspective used is based on a comparison between the concepts of the Treaty as an economic constitution and as a political constitution. On this basis, the convergence of competition and industrial policy at the Community level is explained as the result of the rationalisation of public policy, and the reduction of the economic independence of the member states. The study concludes that the market orientation of the European Union is not in doubt, but that a clear link remains to be established between the legitimacy of public intervention in the economy and the distribution of power in the Community system.
`Sauter's work is to be welcomed since it represents a clear and leading example of the benefits that legal analyses may obtain when combined with other methodological perspectives.' Dr Antonio Estella de Noriega, EJIL 10 (1999) essential reading for economists, lawyers and political scientists with an interest in competition, industrial policy and/or telecommunications./ ... brilliant insights into an essential subject matter./ One of the great merits of the book is to establish a clear connection between economic and institutional developments in the areas under investigation./ The book is extremely well written./ Paul Nihoul, Centre for Philosophy of Law, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium/ Telecommunications Policy 23 (1999)
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.4 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.6