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The rise of European competition policy, 1950-1991: a cross-disciplinary survey of a contested policy sphere

Warlouzet, Laurent (2010) The rise of European competition policy, 1950-1991: a cross-disciplinary survey of a contested policy sphere. EUI working papers, RSCAS 2010/80. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

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Identification Number: RSCAS 2010/80

Abstract

Competition policy is perhaps the field in which the European Commission has the most extensive powers. Born institutionally in 1950, European competition policy now has a sixty year-long history. This paper argues that its history has not been peaceful, and that it has been characterized by heated debates. In a first methodological part, an assessment is made of the growing multidisciplinary academic debates relating to this topic. A claim for a methodology combining historical sources (archives) and a focus on the relationship between ideas and institutions. Then the paper turns to an empirical application of the methodology just described. In particular, it examines the history of European competition policy, using new archival findings in three steps: the institutional basis in 1950-62 (part II); the failure of the neo-functionalist momentum in 1962-81 (part III); and the rise of a powerful policy in 1981-91 (part IV).

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://cadmus.eui.eu/
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N2 - Financial Markets and Institutions > N24 - Europe: 1913-
Sets: Departments > International History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 13:33
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 14:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/46919

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