Setting European Standards: Politics, Rules, and Norms

Michelle P. Egan

in Constructing a European Market

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244058
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599132 | DOI:
 Setting European Standards: Politics, Rules, and Norms

Show Summary Details


Provides a detailed overview of the setting of European standards, focusing on the histories, organizational structures, and operating environments of the private standards‐setting bodies that have been given an increased role in negotiating rules for the single market. An analysis of these bodies (CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI) provides an important assessment of the new institutional framework created to govern markets. Given the importance of this new approach, this chapter provides an in‐depth insight into the reorganization of responsibilities and roles of the various public and private actors in managing regulatory policy in the single market. The standards‐setting process is complex, and the organizational culture and operating norms of the standards bodies are reviewed to illustrate the dynamics of cooperation and the cooperation required to reach a coordinated solution. Dealing with collective action problems due to differing interests and regulatory traditions, the chapter demonstrates the importance of problem solving, alliance formation, and strategic bargaining as well as the role of mutual trust, credibility, and reputation in achieving some form of agreement on European standards.

Keywords: alliances; bargaining; collective action; European standards; interests; market governance; organizational culture; regulatory policy; single market; standards setting

Chapter.  12391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.