1st Edition

European Union Competition Policy versus Industrial Competitiveness Stringent Regulation and its External Implications

By Hikaru Yoshizawa Copyright 2022
    164 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    164 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book examines whether EU competition policy is applied fairly and consistently to EU and non-EU firms despite persistent political pressure from member states for a relaxation of the rules and deals with the dilemma of regional organisations in the global political economy.

    Focussing on the EU’s desire to achieve balance between the promotion of market competition and the enhancement of international competitiveness, the book explores the validity of its attempts successfully to ensure a ‘stringent competition policy’ which is nationality-blind and comparatively strict. Finally, it shows that the competition-competitiveness dilemma remains unresolved because the EU’s capability to set global regulatory standards is constrained by competition and the need to engage in multilateral forums, such as the WTO and the International Competition Network.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union studies, EU competition law and policy, EU external action and more broadly to global governance, international political economy and international relations.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    1. The EU competition policy dilemma

    2. The institutional basis of strict and non-discriminatory regulation

    3. Tension between stringent supranational regulations and national neo-mercantilism

    4. The issue of discrimination against non-EU firms

    5. Systemic constraints on the EU’s role as a global rule-maker

    6. The EU: Stuck between competition and competitiveness


    Hikaru Yoshizawa is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Kansai University, Japan.

    "Yoshizawa provides a much needed and thorough analysis of the European Union’s use of competition policy in the global political economy. His timely insights reveal the crucial internal and external dimensions of this policy and how they contribute to the EU’s increasingly important approach to the competition-competitiveness dilemma."

    Chad Damro, University of Edinburgh, UK

    "EU competition policy experts as well as academics will be keen to read this book. It shall interest experts and academics from all over the world."

    Janine Goetschy, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France