Myths and Myth-Making in the European Union: The Institutionalization and Interpretation of EU Competition Policy

22 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2009

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Pinar Akman

School of Law, University of Leeds

Hussein H. Kassim

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy

Abstract

EU competition policy has become so strongly institutionalized that it is easy to overlook its precarious status in earlier decades. This article argues, first, that the Commission responded to the imperative arising from the extraordinary powers created by the treaty and the novelty of competition policy in post-war Europe by developing a series of myths to provide justification for its prerogatives. Second, these myths have played a key role in securing acceptance of EU policy, though other factors have also been important. Third, the official mythology has been supplemented by an interpretation which has become dominant in the law and political science literatures; namely, that EU competition policy has ordoliberal origins. This article challenges this view.

Suggested Citation

Akman, Pinar and Kassim, Hussein H., Myths and Myth-Making in the European Union: The Institutionalization and Interpretation of EU Competition Policy. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 111-132, January 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522569 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02044.x

Pinar Akman (Contact Author)

School of Law, University of Leeds ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Hussein H. Kassim

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy ( email )

UEA
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR47TJ
United Kingdom

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