States of Liberalization : Redefining the Public Sector in Integrated Europe
As economic competition is introduced into areas formerly served by public sector monopolies, to what extent do governments lose discretion over their use of the public sector? States of Liberalization examines the impact of the European Union's rigorous single-market competition policy on the abilities of Western European governments to use the public sector to achieve political objectives. Examining several politically contentious sectors, including government purchasing of goods and services, postal services, and public sector financial institutions, Mitchell P. Smith explores and explains the scope and the limits of this transformation. While European economic integration and the application of European Community competition policy have substantially infused competition into public services, the process has been more modest, and more deliberate, than a simple reading of Europe's potent market-making mechanisms would predict.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 152.4 x 226.1 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
- 29 Sep 2005
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"Smith's main point, that liberalization has to accommodate public sector interests, is an important antidote to the conventional view of the overriding and irreversible effects of globalization (or greater European integration)."
About Mitchell P. Smith
Mitchell P. Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies at The University of Oklahoma. He is the coeditor (with Thomas Banchoff) of Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity.