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Developments in Services of General Interest

  • Erika Szyszczak
  • Jim Davies
  • Mads Andenæs
  • Tarjei Bekkedal


  • Up to date discussion of rapid changes and complex political and legal questions affecting the EU and the global economy.

  • Range of international perspectives.

  • Allow academic researchers as well as policy makers to understand some of the wider issues of providing public services.


Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Background Issues

  3. New Legal Issues

  4. Global Issues

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-266

About this book


This is the third book in the series Legal Issues of Services of General Interest. The book focuses upon a set of research questions on the recent developments in the emergence of services of general interest (SGIs) as a distinct EU concept. This includes, inter alia, the emergence of universal service obligations and the way they are regulated in the EU in primary and secondary law, the range of soft law communications adopted by the Commission to create a distinctive EU concept of SGIs, the residual role of hard law in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the special problems created by Social Services of General Economic Interest and the interaction of procurement and state aid law with SGIs. A new perspective is offered in this book: some of the issues faced by the EU in accommodating SGIs into a regulatory framework are found also in the policy of the WTO and in least developed countries (LDCs).


International trade in services Public services SGEIs in Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Erika Szyszczak
    • 1
  • Jim Davies
    • 2
  • Mads Andenæs
    • 3
  • Tarjei Bekkedal
    • 4
  1. 1., School of LawUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., School of Social Sciences, Department ofUniversity of NorthamptonNorthamptonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Department of Private LawUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  4. 4., Department of Private LawUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Developments in Services of General Interest
  • Editors Erika Szyszczak
    Jim Davies
    Mads Andenæs
    Tarjei Bekkedal
  • Series Title Legal Issues of Services of General Interest
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2011
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-6704-733-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-6704-831-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-6704-734-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Law
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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