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Reform of British Competition Policy: Is European Integration the Only Major Factor?
Abstract: In 1998, Britain carried out the reform of competition
policy legislation, which was the largest in the past twenty-five years.
This paper examines the policy-making process leading to that reform and
discusses the factors driving the movement. Since the original
nationally-specific system was transformed into the more Europe-based
system by the reform, it may be natural to look at the progress of European
integration and other external changes as the main factors for that policy
change. However, one should not ignore the effect of the change in the
internal factors, that is, the endogenous development of competition policy
officials. The main argument of the proposed paper is that the progress of
European integration is important for explaining the domestic policy change
in member states, but that we need to take account of the change in the
domestic policy-making process as well.
Keywords: Britain; competition policy; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H11; (follow links to similar papers)
23 pages, May 20, 2000
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