Product Market Integration: A Multifaceted Approach

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This book presents the most recent research and the most updated accounts on product market integration. While the existing literature addresses the four dimensions of market integration (goods, services, capital and labour), this volume focuses on integration in goods markets.

This is a cornerstone of economic integration and product markets are actually the most integrated markets in the European Union. Therefore, the EU appears as the case-study of this volume.

The book is innovative as product market integration is analyzed from various disciplinary perspectives. Understanding product market integration requires more than one single discipline, be it economics, political science, law, sociology or management. The variety of approaches adopted by the various authors make the book appealing to a diversified audience: to academics, for the in-depth theoretical and empirical analyses it presents; to policymakers, as they may find insightful anticipations of future challenges in market integration; to practitioners, as it shows how the achievements and difficulties in product market integration may affect their business opportunities.

Diversity is the richness of the volume and makes it unique. Such as in a kaleidoscope, the various chapters present the reader with different perceptions, issues and debates on product market integration.

The book is organized around three main themes: plural perspectives and assessments of current market integration in the EU, empirical analyses of impediments to product market integration, and discussion of current challenges and future forms of market integration.

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List of Contributors

Introduction Ana Paula Faria Faria, Ana Paula 1

PART 1 Market Integration in the EU: Plural Perspectives on EU Market Integration

1 Harmonization and Mutual Recognition in an Enlarged European Union Giandomenico Majone Majone, Giandomenico 13

2 Market Making: The History of the Internal Market as a Technicalisation of Politics and a Politicisation of the Technical Christian Frankel Frankel, Christian 37

3 More Internal Market Without Strategy? Jacques Pelkmans Pelkmans, Jacques 49

4 The Practitioners' View: A Prosperous European Product Market Is Our Ongoing Business Paul Coebergh van den Braak van den Braak, Paul Coebergh 65

PART 2 Empirical Studies on EU Market Integration

5 Determinants of Non-Tariff Barriers in Intra-EU Trade Natalia Barbosa Barbosa, Natalia 79

6 Factors Driving Polish Firms Decision to Export in the Pre-Accession Period: Importance of Technical Barriers to Trade Jan Hagemejer Hagemejer, Jan 97

7 Regulations, Standards and International Sourcing: New Evidence from Dutch Survey Data Mark Vancauteren Vancauteren, Mark 117

PART 3 Challenging Dynamics in Market Integration: Globalisation and Transatlantic Relations

8 Globalisation and Deep Integration Peter Holmes Holmes, Peter 139

9 Promoting Transatlantic Market Governance Michelle Egan Egan, Michelle 157

Conclusion: Product Market Integration: From Multifaceted Approaches to Cross-Cutting Issues Maria Helena Guimaraes Guimaraes, Maria Helena 175

Index 185

Biographies 189

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