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An International Multilevel Competition Policy System

20 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2006  

Oliver Budzinski

Ilmenau University of Technology


This paper develops a proposal for an international multilevel competition policy system, which draws on the insights of the analysis of multilevel systems of institutions. In doing so, it targets to contribute to bridge a gap in the current world economic order, i.e. the supranational governance of private international restrictions to market competition. Such a governance can effectively be designed against the background of a combination of the well-known nondiscrimination principle and a lead jurisdiction model. Put very briefly, competition policy on the global level restricts itself to the selection and appointment of appropriate lead jurisdictions for concrete cross-border antitrust cases, while the substantive treatment remains within the competence of the existing national and regional-supranational antitrust regimes.

Keywords: international competition policy, multilevel systems, international governance, economics of federalism, international economic order, international antitrust

JEL Classification: F02, K21, L40, F53

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Ilmenau University of Technology ( email )

Ilmenau, D-98684


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