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"The politicising deregulation"

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  • Regulations/Regulatory Policies
  • Business/Private Economic Activity
  • Law
  • Political Science


With the new approach to technical harmonisation, a distinction has been drawn between a political process--in which legislation is negotiated and adopted--and a "technical" process, in which framework directives are filled out. This distinction, however, is contested and may be difficult to uphold. In technical standardisation, a non-political yet political area is developing, in which private companies compete with one another and with other interests in shaping rules for the single European Market. How these new challenges and opportunities affect the constitution of private companies is expounded with a case study of the Daimler-Benz group.

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