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The Multilevel Governance of State Aid for Broadband Diffusion: Evidence from Three European Countries

Gerli, Paolo; Navio-Marco, Julio; Whalley, Jason


Julio Navio-Marco

Jason Whalley


This paper explores multilevel governance (MLG) in the context of state aid programmes for the diffusion of broadband in the European Union. By comparing three EU Member States (Italy, Spain and the UK), the qualitative analysis illustrates how MLG affects both the implementation of public interventions and the reduction of regional inequalities in the access to broadband. The analysis suggests that a distributed and shared governance is potentially beneficial for the implementation of state aid programmes, but its application is constrained by idiosyncrasies in the structure of the public and private sector.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2021
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Nov 25, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2023
Journal International Journal of Public Administration
Print ISSN 0190-0692
Electronic ISSN 1532-4265
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 3
Pages 185-194
Keywords Multilevel governance, state aid, broadband policy
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