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The difficult path to an economic rule of law: European competition policy, 1950–91

Warlouzet, Laurent and Witschke, Tobias (2012) The difficult path to an economic rule of law: European competition policy, 1950–91. Contemporary European History, 21 (03). pp. 437-455. ISSN 0960-7773

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0960777312000288


A historical retelling of European competition policy is crucial to understanding the discrepancy between the rules in the treaties and their implementation. The historian must navigate treacherous waters between contrasting treaty stipulations in the ECSC and in the EEC Treaties, initial attempts at rigorous implementation but with limited effect on the ground, and a complicated relationship between the supranational institutions. Only in the 1980s did the Commission enjoy the benefits of the ECJ's supportive case law. These benefits came due to a fortunate conjuncture of political, economical and administrative factors.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International History
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 > N4 - Government, War, Law, and Regulation > N44 - Europe: 1913-
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 13:37
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:29

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