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The evolution of EU antitrust policy: 1966-2017

Ibáñez Colomo, Pablo and Kalintiri, Andriani (2019) The evolution of EU antitrust policy: 1966-2017. Modern Law Review. ISSN 0026-7961 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article describes, and puts in context, the evolution of the enforcement practice of the European Commission in the area of EU competition law. It considers all formal decisions adopted in the period between 1966 – when the European Court of Justice delivered the two seminal rulings that marked the discipline – and the end of 2017. The article classifies Commission decisions in accordance with four enforcement paradigms. The descriptive statistics show that the cases that the Commission chooses to prioritise have changed over the years. First, enforcement has progressively moved towards the core and the outer boundaries of the system. In addition, it has become policy-driven – as opposed to law-driven. Third, the nature of the cases chosen by the Commission is consistent with its commitment to a ‘more economics-based approach’ to enforcement. Finally, these cases signal a move towards a more ambitious stage in the process of the integration of Member States’ economies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14682230
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101582

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