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The Europeanisation of the regulation of book markets: fixed price systems for books in the EU

Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

in The European Union and Culture

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719074356
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074356.003.0005
The Europeanisation of the regulation of book markets: fixed price systems for books in the EU

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This chapter focuses on the developing of EU-level policies in the field of book pricing from the 1980s until today. It details the impact of EU-level policies on national policies, looking more specifically at France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. As in the audio-visual sector, economic principles were applied to the policy sector; yet no EU-level legislative solution was agreed in order to regulate book trade at the EU level. The chapter argues that although the ECJ and the powerful ‘economic’ DGs of the European Commission were successful in imposing policy change in countries where dirigiste solutions were in place, most states did not feel that their own policy and legislative arrangements were under threat and thought that fixed price systems could best be preserved by respecting the subsidiarity principle.

Keywords: book prices; EU-level policies; ECJ; fixed price systems; France; Germany; United Kingdom

Chapter.  8552 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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