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The Role of the Information Sector in the Lisbon Agenda

Friedrich, Svenja (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This case study aims to analyse the contribution of the Information Sector to the success of the Lisbon Agenda. The Information Sector is here defined as covering the areas of information technology, telecommunications and digitised information (e.g. software, content). The observations made through primary sources and reports show that the Information Sector spreads the ability to deal with the transformation to an information society and improves the overall economic performance and European competitiveness. But these observations also reveal that the EU was not able to make use of the full potential of the Information Sector within the first term of the Lisbon Agenda. With the help of interviews and official statements of relevant... (More)
This case study aims to analyse the contribution of the Information Sector to the success of the Lisbon Agenda. The Information Sector is here defined as covering the areas of information technology, telecommunications and digitised information (e.g. software, content). The observations made through primary sources and reports show that the Information Sector spreads the ability to deal with the transformation to an information society and improves the overall economic performance and European competitiveness. But these observations also reveal that the EU was not able to make use of the full potential of the Information Sector within the first term of the Lisbon Agenda. With the help of interviews and official statements of relevant companies, the study is able to show that legal uncertainty, legal inflexibility and the non-uniform consumer structure of the EU are the main barriers to the contribution of the Information Sector. In the analysis the determinants of these three barriers are studied with the help of the Principal-Agent Theory, the Liberal Theory of National Preference Formation and the Intergovernmental Bargaining Theory as developed within Liberal Intergovernmentalism as well as Neo-Functionalism. The outcome of this study can be generalised and might show the barriers in the Internal Market. (Less)
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  abstract     = {This case study aims to analyse the contribution of the Information Sector to the success of the Lisbon Agenda. The Information Sector is here defined as covering the areas of information technology, telecommunications and digitised information (e.g. software, content). The observations made through primary sources and reports show that the Information Sector spreads the ability to deal with the transformation to an information society and improves the overall economic performance and European competitiveness. But these observations also reveal that the EU was not able to make use of the full potential of the Information Sector within the first term of the Lisbon Agenda. With the help of interviews and official statements of relevant companies, the study is able to show that legal uncertainty, legal inflexibility and the non-uniform consumer structure of the EU are the main barriers to the contribution of the Information Sector. In the analysis the determinants of these three barriers are studied with the help of the Principal-Agent Theory, the Liberal Theory of National Preference Formation and the Intergovernmental Bargaining Theory as developed within Liberal Intergovernmentalism as well as Neo-Functionalism. The outcome of this study can be generalised and might show the barriers in the Internal Market.},
  author       = {Friedrich, Svenja},
  keyword      = {Information Sector,Lisbon Agenda,legal uncertainty,legal inflexibility,non-uniform consumer structure,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap,Management of enterprises,Företagsledning, management},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Role of the Information Sector in the Lisbon Agenda},
  year         = {2005},
}