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Governing What Cannot Be Named : Europe, Platform Economy and the Digital Markets Act

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dc.title Governing What Cannot Be Named : Europe, Platform Economy and the Digital Markets Act en
ethesis.faculty Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Social Sciences en
ethesis.faculty Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty.URI Helsingin yliopisto fi University of Helsinki en Helsingfors universitet sv
dct.creator Saari, Leevi
dct.issued 2021
dct.language.ISO639-2 eng
dct.abstract This thesis analyses the regulation of platform economy in the European Commission. The rise of large technology corporations as the underlying infrastructure of much of social activity has received fervent attention in recent years. However, there is still little consensus on the implications of this process. Does the new platform economy affect only market processes, or does it have broader societal consequences? Further, is platform economy something truly new or is it only a continuation of past forms of corporate power? These questions have acute practical importance. On the 15th of December 2020, the European Commission released a proposal for legislation that seeks to address the power of large platform corporations, called the “Digital Markets Act”. What kind of corporate power does this proposal seek to regulate? And what does it suggest about the regulatory paradigm of the European Commission? The contribution of this thesis consists of three parts. The first part is conceptual. In Chapter 2, an original analytical framework for classifying different dimensions of platform power is proposed. This framework helps to illustrate the continuities and novelties in the capabilities of platform corporations and bring together disconnected strands of research from different disciplines. The second part is empirical. In Chapter 3, the development of platform regulation in the European Commission from Spring 2015 to December 2020 is explained and the framework developed in Chapter 2 is used to analyze a recent proposal for regulation of platform economy, the Digital Markets Act. The last part of the contribution is theoretical. In Chapter 4, the Commission’s proposal is mapped on the horizon of potential alternative contrast spaces, which helps to illuminate the underlying political choices and clarify possible contradictions between different authors. The key conclusion of the work is that the European Commission has sought to address platform economy primarily as an aberration of efficient market processes. This has impacted the type of knowledge that is used in policymaking as well as the range of stakeholders consulted for the legislation. As a consequence, the European Commission ends up seeing platform corporations as actors whose capabilities are limited to manipulation of market activities. Systematic treatment of alternative framings is used to illuminate opportunities for broader analyses on the role of platform economy in the global political economy. en
dct.subject platform economy
dct.subject European Union
dct.subject European Commission
dct.subject global governance
dct.subject global political economy
dct.subject policy ideas
dct.language en
ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.supervisor Teivainen, Teivo
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
ethesis.thesistype master's thesis en
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.ethesis E-thesisID:c1191204-1b57-4064-9e02-a6f77042abe5
dct.subject.YSOFI alustatalous und
dct.subject.YSOFI Euroopan talousalue und
dct.subject.YSOFI politiikkaideat und
dct.subject.YSOFI EU-politiikka und
dct.subject.YSOFI globaali hallinta und
dct.subject.YSOFI kansainvälinen politiikka und
dct.subject.YSOFI politiikkaohjelmat und
dct.subject.YSOFI taloudellinen sääntely und
ethesis-internal.timestamp.reviewStep 2021-03-27 08:35:56:404
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202104282051
dc.type.dcmitype Text
ethesis.facultystudyline Maailmanpolitiikka fi
ethesis.facultystudyline World Politics en
ethesis.facultystudyline Världspolitik sv
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Politiikan ja viestinnän maisteriohjelma fi
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Master's Programme in Politics, Media and Communication en
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Magisterprogrammet i politik, medier och kommunikation sv

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