Network-Based Governance in EC Law

The Example of EC Competition and EC Communications Law

By Maartje de Visser

To strengthen the credibility of the EU and its policies, the European Community is increasingly concerned with effective enforcement of EC law. This book engages in the debate on the better application of European law by offering an integrated analysis of a new institutional arrangement - one that relies on networks grouping the Commission and national administrative authorities. Taking the traditional enforcement paradigms of decentralization, centralization, and agency-based enforcement as starting points, their benefits and downsides are described and critiqued. The author concludes that there is considerable room for improvement. The book then undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the network model to determine its core characteristics and assess its effectiveness. European competition law and electronic communications law are used as case studies because, inter alia, the networks there have developed an adequate level of sophistication. The book also employs a bottom-up approach, considering how four key Member States - France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK - have given effect to the relevant European rules. At the core of the book is a critique of the wider normative attractiveness of the network model. The discussion is kaleidoscopic, engaging with a wide variety of notions including legitimacy, judicial review, subsidiarity, institutional balance, and efficiency. The thrust of the book is that network-based governance deserves careful consideration as the model that is able to mediate the competing concerns of coherence for internal market reasons, and of diversity and respect for local autonomy.


440 pages

Publication Date: 11/23/2009
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781841132563


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