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The European Union and CultureBetween Economic Regulation and European Cultural Policy$
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Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074356

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074356.001.0001

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Cultural policy at the heart of tensions between governance levels

Cultural policy at the heart of tensions between governance levels

(p.37) 3 Cultural policy at the heart of tensions between governance levels
The European Union and Culture

Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

Manchester University Press

This chapter sheds light on the tensions between distinct levels of governance in the course of the Communitarisation process of cultural policies. On the one hand, European institutions, and in particular the ECJ and the Commission, have played a role in the development of a new policy space at the EU level. On the other hand, member states were careful to preserve their policy sovereignty in a policy sector considered as particularly sensitive. In the 1980s, the states whose legislative and policy traditions were at odds with the liberalisation policies developed by supranational structures attempted to develop their own initiatives that would take into account their favoured policy preferences. This chapter shows that despite states' intervention and following Treaty reforms, EU intervention remained dominated by the application of economic principles to the cultural sector.

Keywords:   Communitarisation process, cultural sector, ECJ, EU member states, policy sovereignty

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