On the Normative Foundations of Competition Law: Efficiency, Political Freedom and the Freedom to Compete
Frank P. Maier-Rigaud
IESEG School of Management, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods; Lille - Economics & Management (LEM) - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Competition Division; European Commission, DG Competition; Laboratory for Experimental Economics, University of Bonn; Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
May 2, 2011
in: D. Zimmer (ed.), The Goals of Competition Law, (ASCOLA Competition Law Series), Edward Elgar, p. 132-168, 2012
The advent of a more economic approach to EU competition law has spurred the most substantial debate on the normative justifications of competition law in recent history. Nevertheless, and despite a limited literature to the contrary, these are not times of fundamental debate concerning the ultimate aims of competition policy. This is evidenced by the limited practical importance of the normative foundations of competition law in the enforcement practice of competition authorities and even in policy debates.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: ordoliberalism, neoliberalism, German Competition Law, GWB, normative foundations of competition lawAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 17, 2011 ; Last revised: May 21, 2012
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