The Neofunctional Logic of EU External Competition Policy Engagement: Multilateral Relations

Plavec, Patrik (2021). The Neofunctional Logic of EU External Competition Policy Engagement: Multilateral Relations. UNU-CRIS Working Paper. UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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  • Subtitle Working Paper
    Sub-type Working paper
    Author Plavec, Patrik
    Title The Neofunctional Logic of EU External Competition Policy Engagement: Multilateral Relations
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Working Paper
    Volume/Issue No. 2021/9
    Publication Date 2021
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Insitute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 40
    Language eng
    Abstract This working paper examines the conditions under which the European Union (EU) engages externally in competition policy. In addition, it tests the appropriateness of applying a neofunctionalist approach to specify the conditions under which the EU engages externally in this policy area. The working paper examines the EU’s horizontal engagement through bilateral enforcement cooperation agreements, competition provisions in free trade agreements (FTA) and its role as a legislative model for unilateral adoption by third countries and regional blocs. Accordingly, by disaggregating the dependent variable of EU external engagement into four modes of engagement – policy export, policy promotion, policy protection and policy import – this study finds that neo-functionalism correctly specifies the conditions under which the EU engages externally in competition policy. The working paper finds, where direct policy export through bilateral agreements is unfeasible, the EU seeks to engage in policy promotion horizontally through bilateral cooperation enforcement agreements and competition policy provisions in FTAs with major trade partners as an alternative mode of external engagement. Additionally, the study finds that the neofunctionalist approach also helps explain the documented incremental, unilateral adoption of EU competition policies and laws by third countries. The EU’s external engagement through bilateral agreements and policy diffusion is examined using a mixed methods approach.
    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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