Satellizing Galileo? Non-state Authority and Interoperability Standards in the European Global Navigation Satellite System


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Satellizing Galileo? Non-state Authority and Interoperability Standards in the European Global Navigation Satellite System
Graz Jean-Christophe, Csikos Patrick
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Travaux de science politique, Institut d'études politiques et internationales, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur l'international
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This paper explores the extent and limits of non-state authority in international affairs. While a number of
studies have emphasised the role of state support and the ability of strategically situated actors to capture
regulatory processes, they often fail to unpack the conditions under which this takes place. In order to probe the
assumption that structural market power, backed by political support, equates regulatory capture, the article
examines the interplay of political and economic considerations in the negotiations to establish worldwide
interoperability standards needed for the development of Galileo as a genuinely European global navigation
satellite system under civil control. It argues that industries supported and identified as strategic by public actors
are more likely to capture standardisation processes than those with the largest market share expected to be
created by the standards. This suggests that the influence of industries in space, air and maritime traffic control
closely related to the militaro-industrial complex remains disproportionate in comparison to the prospective
market of location-based services expected to vastly transform business practices, labour relations and many
aspects of our daily life.
standards, global navigation satellite systems, regulatory capture, private authority, non-state actors, international political economy, international relations
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