|Title||Governing European communications: from unification to co-ordination|
This book relies extensively on primary sources to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the emergence, dynamics and evolution of European-level communications governance in the post-war era (late > 1940s-early 2007). The focus is on telecommunications and television > policies and regulation, and their technological convergence.
Concentrating on the European Union, the book embeds governance within the wider context of globalization and the restructuring of the national state. It demonstrates that the main contestation in European governance has been its character rather than its level (Europe v national states). The analysis covers both formal and the increasingly important informal governance modes, such as non-binding recommendations, benchmarks, and transnational regulatory committees. It assesses their effectiveness, and their potential to harmonize regulation and promote legitimacy. The study points to the fundamental asymmetry of European governance: priority lies in economic and competitiveness considerations pursued on the basis of strong legal governance instruments while non-economic and public service objectives are pursued on the basis of voluntary governance tools and within politically weaker European organizations. The newer forms of informal governance that facilitate policy coordination through overlapping networks of experts, it is argued, deepen the crisis of legitimation
|Place of publication||Lanham, USA|