1st Edition

Global Antitrust Trade and Competition Linkages

By Yusaf H. Akbar Copyright 2003

    This title was first published in 2003. This text offers an analysis of the linkages between trade policy and competition policy. It is a case study-based book that explores the conflicts and complementarities between these policy domains given different industry conditions and market structures. The essential argument is that as the complexity of markets and industry structures increases, the relationships between trade and competition grow in complexity also. The book attempts to classify these different industry conditions into four categories: natural resource, complex manufacturing, R+D intensive and internationally traded service industries. The book offers specific case studies in natural resource and complex manufacturing sectors. Given the proposals at the World Trade Organization concerning the internationalisation of antitrust policies, this text should serve as a useful guide to both academics and policymakers alike.

    Contents: Introduction; Developing a conceptual framework; Natural resources; Complex manufacturing industries; Trade, antitrust and extraterritoriality; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.


    Yusaf H. Akbar

    '...It contains a detailed and very thorough attempt to discuss how different forms of market structure and firm behaviour impact on trade and how, in turn, trade policy and competition policy affect the behaviour and performance of firms..."Global Antitrust" is essential reading for anyone working in this field, who needs to be informed about the results of recent theoretical and empirical research taking place in this area.' Nigel Grimwade, London South Bank University, UK 'Yusaf Akbar has produced a very interesting series of case studies of the interaction between international trade and anti-competitive behaviour in several important industries... He has developed a valuable conceptual framework to show how the technological nature of sectors affects the scope for the effectiveness of trade policy and what this implies for international competition arrangements.' Peter Holmes, University of Sussex, UK