Globalisation and the rise of 'economic nationalism': takeovers and regulation within the European Union

Berry, Helen (2009) Globalisation and the rise of 'economic nationalism': takeovers and regulation within the European Union International Journal of Economics and Business Research , 1 (2). pp. 234-251. ISSN 1756-9869

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The globalisation of markets, particularly the liberalisation of financial markets, has facilitated merger and acquisition activity on a global scale. New financial instruments and the growth of sovereign wealth funds have raised questions regarding the national security and the loss of sovereignty over key economic sectors. The European Union in its ambitions to complete a single market set out to establish a level playing-field: to enhance competitive performance. Policies towards mergers and takeovers were agreed by member states after many years of negotiation. These have encountered institutionally, embedded national differences resulting in some cases in transposition into national law facilitating greater national protection. This article will review the evolution of competition policy and its recent modernisation in the context of liberalisation and the Lisbon agenda. It will analyse the difficulties of harmonisation with the recent extension of liberalisation to include utilities, which in the aforementioned global context of heightened anxieties, has engendered a revival of 'economic nationalism'. This is exemplified in the current French position towards restructuring in the energy sector and its continued protection of 'national champions'.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competition policy; Economic nationalism; Energy policy; European Union; EU single market; French national champions; Globalisation; Mergers and acquisitions; Protectionism; Regulation; Takeovers; France; Competition policy; Harmonisation; Liberalisation
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L100 Economics > L160 International economics and trade
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1504/IJEBR.2009.024022
Faculties: Brighton Business School
Depositing User: business editor
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 02:17

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