Consumer Policy in 28 EU Member States: An Empirical Assessment in Four Dimensions
This article examines consumer policy in 28 EU Member States. It introduces a new methodological framework and several indicators to analyse legal, social, enforcement, and associational dimensions of consumer policy. Drawing on the most recent data, the empirical results provide a detailed picture of consumer policy across Europe displayed in several indices. The results furthermore allow for statistically testing consumer policy regimes, as suggested by previous research. These indices reveal great differences between individual countries but only few instances of statistically significant differences between consumer policy regimes. Considering legal and political accounts as well as sociological explanations that have not yet been applied, possible explanations for these findings are discussed. It is concluded that comparative consumer policy analysis should further analyse differences between individual European countries in several dimensions and should not only account for consumer policy regimes from a legal or a political science perspective. The methodological framework and the theoretical explanations outlined in this article may help to accomplish this goal.
Nessel, S. (2019): Consumer Policy in 28 EU Member States: An Empirical Assessment in Four Dimensions, in: Journal of Consumer Policy, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 455-482, doi: doi.org/10.1007/s10603-019-09428-x.
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