Participation in the process of European integration in the 1990s involves important shifts in the national policy pattern and the goals, contents and instruments of policy. As state policy and the instruments of state policy change, domestic political and institutional linkages become affected. But the established domestic modalities are not simply at the receiving end of the impact of policy change. Domestic patterns of state-economy relations mediate and help shape the policy impact of EC membership. In turn, the latter redefines the contours of public—private relations and the substance, instruments and limits of state involvement in the economy. Regulatory change, conceived as the redesigning of the rules governing public—private relations, has been associated with a shift in the modes of state involvement from ownership to regulation (Moran and Prosser, 1994). The resulting reshaping of the role of the state includes a number of diverse tendencies, and cannot be seen as representing simply a process of state retreat (cf. Cerny, 1991; Müller and Wright, 1994). Rather, the roles of the state change and its parameters shift.
KeywordsRegional Policy Structural Fund Structural Policy Privatization Programme Greek Government
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