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How Europe shapes British public policy$
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Janice Morphet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300465

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300465.001.0001

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Trade and competition

Trade and competition

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(p.89) Chapter Five Trade and competition
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How Europe shapes British public policy
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Janice Morphet

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300465.003.0005

This chapter reviews the role of the EU in negotiating trade settlements for the member states. It discusses the pathway to the current position, including the role of the UK in supporting the EU’s position and the ways in which the negotiations on trade have been incorporated into wider legislative negotiation over time. It particularly focuses on the implementation of agreements to open the public sector to competition and the implications of this for the UK public sector. This includes the agencification of UK central government and the selective approach to the implementation of competiton within the central state. It also discusses the implications for the former nationalized industries and the effect of the regulatory framework that now exists for their operation. It also covers the reshaping of local government that has been a result of systematically opening local services to competiton and local government continuation of a mixed economy subsequently.

Keywords:   EU, UK, Trade, World Trade Organization, Competiton, Privatization, Local government, Agencification, Public procurement, Transposition

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