1st Edition

Antitrust Federalism in the EU and the US

By Firat Cengiz Copyright 2012
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    The EU and the US are the preeminent examples of multi-level polities and both have highly developed competition policies. Despite these similarities however, recent developments suggest that they are moving in different directions in the area of antitrust federalism. This book examines multi-level governance in competition policy from a comparative perspective. The book analyses how competition laws and authorities of different levels - the federal and the state levels in the US and the national and the supranational levels in the EU - interact with each other. Inspired by the increasingly divergent policy developments taking place on both sides of the Atlantic, the author asks whether the EU and the US can draw policy lessons from each other’s experiences in antitrust federalism. Antitrust Federalism in the EU and the US reveals the similarities and differences between the European and American models of antitrust federalism whilst employing policy network models in its comparative analysis of issues such as opacity and accountability in networks. The book is essentially multidisciplinary in its effort to initiate dialogue between the Law and Political Science literatures in this field. This book will be of particular interest to academics, students and practitioners of Competition Law, Constitutional Law and Political Science.

    1. Introduction: The Concept of Antitrust Federalism and the Structure of the Book  2.  Searching for a Model of Multi-Level Policy Enforcement: Models of Regulatory Competition and Policy Networks  3. Relations between the Competition Laws and Federalism in the US and the EU  4.  Relations between the Competition Authorities: Networks in the US and the EU  5. Conclusions: Antitrust federalism in the US and the EU, Transatlantic Policy Learning and Contributions to the Theory


    Firat Cengiz is assistant professor in the European and International Law Department of Tilburg Law School in the Netherlands and is a senior member of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC).

    ‘Cengiz’s book reaches significantly beyond legal analysis to examine the economics of federalism and also the political processes that characterize competition policy federalism in the EU and the US. [...] This is an excellent book, of interest to academicians or legislators as much as practicing lawyers in areas of federal regulatory conflict.’ Herbert J. Hovenkamp, University of Iowa - College of Law