ASCOLA Competition Law series
Edited by Roger Zäch, Andreas Heinemann and Andreas Kellerhals
Competition law has substantially changed since 1990. The worldwide tendency towards market-based economic systems has induced many countries to adopt competition rules. On the other hand, in those countries with a long-standing competition law tradition, the foundations of competition policy have undergone considerable change. The third conference of the Academic Society of Competition Law (ASCOLA) in Zurich took this development as a starting point for a deeper analysis. In the contributions collected in this book, the focus is on three main topics. As regards methodology, the relationship between law and economics has become blurred. This is not only true for US antitrust law, which always has been relatively open for economic thinking, but also for Europe where the transition to a more economic approach animates the debate. The discussion is not only theoretical but has an enormous impact on the formulation of substantive law. The second issue is the competition law experience in selected countries (Japan, India, China, Czech Republic, Brazil). No matter if the competition law tradition is rather long or more recent, competition law has to adapt to the political, economic, geographic and socio-cultural conditions of states. The institutional framework heavily influences the outcome of competition policy. The variety of selected countries gives a fascinating insight into the specific problems which may occur. Thirdly, the perspectives of competition law are explored. Competition law has never been so international. What impact does this fact have on the global level? In most parts of the world, competition law is enforced...