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Europeanization and the governance of the transport sector with regard to rail passenger services, especially in the Federal Republic of Germany

Lammerding, Renate (2011) Europeanization and the governance of the transport sector with regard to rail passenger services, especially in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Abstract:While there is evidence that the EU influenced national policies on transport, the concrete impact often remains untouched in the existing literature. With a strong focus on Europeanization, which will be used as the decisive factor to explain the relationship between the EU railway policy and the governance of the German rail passenger services market, this study compares legislation from both the European and the German level in the form of a case study and then analyses how the increased influence of the EU impacted on the governance of the rail passenger services sector in Germany. The outcomes suggest three implications. First, the European railway policy is part of an ongoing process, starting in 1991, and can be divided into five temporal phases and three main fields of action. Second, the European law is highly incorporated into the German law. Third, there has been a change in the way the German railway passenger services market is governed, characterised by a more liberal structure and increased market shares of competitors to the Deutsche Bahn after an increased adaptation of European policies. All in all, this analysis shows for the German case that Europeanization stimulates both enhanced liberalization and a shift from government-driven policy making towards a governance-driven one.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62818
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