Public Choice and the International Harmonization of Antitrust Law

8 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2008

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Spencer Weber Waller

Loyola University Chicago School of Law


This essay comments on three different articles offered by Diane Wood, Eleanor Fox and Peter Kunzlik at a symposium at the University of Minnesota in honor of the work of E. Thomas Sullivan. Each of the three articles provides different perspectives on the desirability and likelihood of the international harmonization of antitrust law. My comment uses public choice to tie together these three seemingly diverse approaches and to apply public choice theory to examine how, where, and why harmonization of competition law and policy has succeeded or failed.

Keywords: antitrust, competition law, harmonization, WTO, International Competition Network, OECD, soft harmonization, European Union, public choice, jurisdiction, cartels, leniency, amnesty

JEL Classification: K21, K33, K42, L10, L11, L12, L40, L41, L42, F10

Suggested Citation

Waller, Spencer Weber, Public Choice and the International Harmonization of Antitrust Law. Antitrust Bulletin, Vol. 48, No. p. 427, 2003, Available at SSRN:

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