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5th Edition

Competition Law and Policy in the EU and UK

ISBN 9780415538831
Published September 24, 2014 by Routledge
334 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Competition Law and Policy in the EU and UK provides a focused guide to the main provisions and policies at issue in the EU and UK, including topics such as enforcement, abuse of dominance, anti-competitive agreements, cartels, mergers, and market investigations.

The book’s contents are tailored to cover all major topics in competition law teaching, and the authors’ clear and accessible writing style offers an engaging and easy to follow overview of the subject for course use. The fifth edition provides a full update for this well-established title, presenting and contextualising the impact of key cases, as well as changes to enforcement practice, and at a legislative and institutional level. There are new, separate chapters in this edition on private enforcement and UK market investigations to reflect the increasing significance of these key areas of competition law practice.

Competition Law and Policy in the EU and UK integrates useful pedagogical features to help clarify topics and reinforce important points:

  • chapter overviews and summaries highlight the key points to take away from each chapter to structure student learning
  • discussion questions facilitate self-testing and seminar discussions of the major issues covered in each chapter, to help reinforce understanding of these topics
  • further reading lists additional resources in order to guide research and develop subject knowledge
  • a new glossary provides succinct explanations of competition law terminology, ideal for those studying the topic for the first time

Clear, focused and student-friendly, this title offers a comprehensive resource for students taking competition law courses, and is supported online by updates to the law offered on Angus MacCulloch’s blog, Who’s Competing (

Table of Contents

Preface,  Chapter 1. Introduction to competition policy and practice,  Chapter 2. Enforcement of EU and UK competition law,  Chapter 3. Private Enforcement,  Chapter 4. The control of abuse of dominance,  Chapter 5. Market Investigations,  Chapter 6. Control of anti-competitive agreements,  Chapter 7. Cartels: deterrence, leniency and criminalisation,  Chapter 8. Control of mergers,  Glossary,  Index

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Barry J Rodger is a Professor at the Law School, University of Strathclyde. He is a member of the Kluwer International Competition Law Editorial Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the Competition Law Scholars' Forum, and Co-Editor of the on-line refereed journal, the Competition Law Review. 

Angus MacCulloch is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Lancaster. He is a founding member of the Competition Law Scholars' Forum, and is Co-Editor of the on-line refereed journal, the Competition Law Review. 


Competition Law and Policy in the EU and UK is a 'must read' for any student at any level studying competition law on either EU or UK level. Each chapter provides a helpful overview in the beginning and finishes with a summary of key points, a discussion of relevant questions and a list of further reading. This is extremely helpful.’ 

Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Senior Lecturer in Law, Manchester University, UK

'This is an excellent resource for any student taking competition law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the EU and the UK. The text is extremely comprehensive covering all of the most interesting and challenging aspects of the competition law syllabus from policy objectives, cartels, abuse of dominance, and mergers to include both public and private enforcement of competition law, as well as details of market investigations. A great advantage of this book lies in its strong and fully up-to-date focus on most recent developments in the UK competition law regime which includes the recently established UK Competition and Markets Authority. In particular its novel chapter on private enforcement of competition law follows recent trends in EU competition law. The text includes useful overviews and cogent summaries as well as further recommended readings. The writing style makes this text highly accessible, while its detailed analysis enables readers to select further key developments in both jurisdictions. It is a very much welcome addition to the literature on competition law and policy and a highly recommended read to students, academics, and practitioners involved in the area of competition law, policy and economics.’

Dr Anca Chirita, Lecturer in Competition Law, Durham Law School, Durham University, UK.

'This edition is an invaluable tool for those studying EU and UK competition law for the first time or at a more advanced level. Its clear and reader-friendly style allows students to decipher the ... most recent developments alongside a profound commentary of the key case law. Discussion points at the end of each chapter and further reading materials provide avenues for exploration and discovery and enable students to reflect on their knowledge and understanding.'

Dr Jurgita Malinauskaite, Lecturer in Law, Brunel University London, UK

‘The 5th edition continues to be a useful, wide-ranging and comprehensive undergraduate textbook. This is the only accessible textbook for Competition Law Modules covering national and EU competition law and provides a clear explanation of the theory behind the substantive law.’

Professor Erika Szyszczak, University of Sussex, UK

'a well written, accessible and completely updated text which provides an excellent introduction to Competition Law.'

Mr Emmanuel Guinchard, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Nothumbria Law School, Northumbria University, UK

'[The authors] have a keen eye for pedagogical developments, now providing the helpful discussion questions and summaries, and updating via the MacCulloch blog. ...What we find here is an accurate, reliable, up-to-date and accessible account of the essentials of the subject, which will certainly serve very well the needs of students and more general readers, and provides a sure route into a challenging field of legal discussion.'

Professor Chris Harding, Aberystwyth University, UK

‘an excellent, thoroughly up to date 'one stop shop' for undergraduate students taking a competition law course.  The content innovations and structural changes strengthen what was an already excellent wide ranging undergraduate textbook. ...The inclusion of a chapter on private enforcement is particularly welcome given the increasingly important role this enforcement option is being given in the UK and the EU. …a must on the core reading list of undergraduate competition law courses and indeed, beyond.’

Professor Francesco Rizzuto, Professor of European Law, Edge Hill University, UK

'Overall, this is a very student-friendly competition law textbook that is highly recommended to all studying UK and EU competition law.'

Dr Pinar Akma, University of Leeds, UK

'A first class text that presents the depth and detail in an approachable style that students appreciate. The real -world examples make the subject relatable and remove the traditional barriers created by the economic theory underpinning the subject.'

Mr Andre Naidoo, De Montfort University, UK

'a leading student textbook [and] highly accessible guide to this increasingly important area of policy. Unlike other publications, it includes very strong chapters on cartel enforcement and private enforcement, making it one of the most complete competition law textbooks available.'

Professor Andreas Stephen, Professor of Competition Law at University of East Anglia, UK

"This is a convenient and erudite volume which should be considered an essential purchase by anyone wishing to acquire an enhanced understanding of this dynamic and continually evolving area of law." -Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers