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31 J. Consumer Pol'y 1 (2008)

handle is hein.journals/jrncpy31 and id is 1 raw text is: J Consum Policy (2008) 31:1-4
DOI 10.1007/s 10603-007-9060-3
The Consumer, the European Union, and Media Law
Alison Harcourt - Stephen Weatherill
Received: 16 October 2007 /Accepted: 16 October 2007 /
Published online: 16 January 2008
© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007
This Special Issue of the Journal of Consumer Policy brings together edited versions of
papers presented at the workshop The Consumer, the European Union, and Media Law held
at the University of Exeter on 19 March 2007.1 The interdisciplinary workshop brought
together two themes relating to European media law and regulation: First, it identified
European Union (EU) rules and their effect on consumers and public interest regulation
and, second, it assessed the level of consumer participation in EU policy-making. Our
questions in this issue are several. In connection with the first theme, we ask whether the
drive for industrial competitiveness prejudices consumer input and the protection of the
public interest. Is EU regulation eroding national laws aimed at providing minimum
protection for public viewing or is it maintaining sufficient standards for regulation which
can be supplemented by national law? The second theme asks how clearly is the consumers
voice heard in policy-making. Is consumer participation in policy making lessened due to a
weakness in the EU institutional framework (the so-named democratic deficit) or is the
consumer voice strengthened through forms of soft governance, such as industry/civil
society partnership, input by European and international civil society fora and improve-
ments in institutional requirements for consultation? Are there means to strengthen these
European deregulation began in traditional utilities industries such as telecommunica-
tions, energy, and transport. Now it is moving to new areas such as broadcasting, the
internet, and electronic commerce, as digital technology puts an end to spectrum scarcity.
Deregulation refers to the removal of state controls on a particular activity. In the case of
broadcasting, it refers to the removal of restrictions on content and advertising. Such shifts
away from public interest regulation are intimately connected to the increasing
'The workshop was funded by the Information Society Network: http://www.huss.ex.ac.uk/politics/
A. Harcourt (E)
Department of Politics, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RJ, UK
e-mail: A.Harcourt@exeter.ac.uk
S. Weatherill
Somerville College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6HD, UK
e-mail: Stephen.weatherill@law.ox.ac.uk
'  Springer

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