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The end of negative market integration: 60 years of free movement of goods litigation in the EU (1961–2020)

Zglinski, Jan ORCID: 0000-0002-5653-9254 (2023) The end of negative market integration: 60 years of free movement of goods litigation in the EU (1961–2020). Journal of European Public Policy. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501763.2022.2161603

Abstract

The free movement of goods is widely believed to be a prime example of the negative integration paradigm. Its defining characteristic is a strong judicial process, fuelled by – and fuelling – litigation, which eclipses the weak(er) political process. The article argues that this dominant narrative is no longer accurate. Based on a new dataset of all Article 34 TFEU cases decided by the CJEU between 1961 and 2020, it shows that goods litigation has been disappearing from the Court’s docket since the mid-1980s. The reasons for this, it is argued, lie in changing incentive structures for both litigants and national courts, which have reduced the appeal of bringing goods cases, as well as a rise in EU legislation. The consequence is a demise of negative and a turn towards positive integration.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rjpp20
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2022 10:00
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2024 18:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117599

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