Standards, Contracts and Codes
Edited by Marta Cantero Gamito and Hans -W. Micklitz
Chapter 14: Epilogue: the role of the EU in the external reach of regulatory private law – gentle civiliser or neoliberal hegemon?
The epilogue discusses the tension between the EU as the neoliberal hegemon and the EU as the gentle civiliser. The EU here is not only the European institutions, but also European companies and semi-public bodies such as standardisation institutions. Embedded in that tension, the contributions to the book show a rather heterogenous picture. Depending on context, substance and procedure, the EU and its bodies can either be civilisers or exercise hegemonic power.
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