Myths and myth-making in the European Union: the institutionalization and interpretation of EU competition policy

Akman, Pinar and Kassim, Hussein (2010) Myths and myth-making in the European Union: the institutionalization and interpretation of EU competition policy. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 48 (1). pp. 111-132.

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Abstract

EU competition policy has become so strongly institutionalized that it is easy to overlook its precarious status in earlier decades. This article argues, first, that the Commission responded to the imperative arising from the extraordinary powers created by the treaty and the novelty of competition policy in post-war Europe by developing a series of myths to provide justification for its prerogatives. Second, these myths have played a key role in securing acceptance of EU policy, though other factors have also been important. Third, the official mythology has been supplemented by an interpretation which has become dominant in the law and political science literatures; namely, that EU competition policy has ordoliberal origins. This article challenges this view.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: Julie Frith
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 16:48
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 15:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10879
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02044.x

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