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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Regulating Cartels in Europe (2nd Edition)

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Christopher Harding (Department of Law and Criminology at the University of Wales) and Julian Joshua (Howrey) have published Regulating Cartels in Europe (2nd Edition) with Oxford University Press.

BOOK ABSTRACT: One of the most contentious and high-profile aspects of EU competition law and policy has been the regulation of those serious competition or antitrust violations now often referred to as 'hard core cartels'. Such cartel activity typically involves large and powerful corporate producers and traders operating across Europe and beyond, and comprise practices such as price fixing, bid rigging, market sharing, and limiting production in order to ensure 'market stability' and maintain and increase profits. There is little disagreement now, in terms of competition theory and policy at both international and national levels, regarding the damaging effect of such trading practices on public and consumer interests, and such cartels have been subject to increasing condemnation in the legal process of regulating and protecting competition.

Regulating Cartels in Europe provides critical evaluation of the way in which European-level regulation has evolved to deal with the activities of such anti-competitive business cartels. They trace the historical development of cartel regulation in Europe, comparing the more pragmatic and empirical approached favored in Europe with the more dogmatic and uncompromising American policy on cartels. In particular, the work considers critically the move towards the use of fully fledged criminal proceedings in this area of legal control, examining evolving aspects of enforcement policy such as the use of leniency programs and the deployment of a range of criminal law and other sanctions.

This new edition of the work covers emerging themes and arguments in the discipline, including the judicial review of decisions against cartels, the criminological and legal basis of the criminalization of cartel conduct, and the range and effectiveness of sanctions used in response to cartel activity.

Features

  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach combining legal, economic, and criminological analysis
  • Includes comparative analysis of European and US strategies for dealing with cartels
  • With an author team both academic and practitioner, it provides unique insights into the official investigation of cartels
  • Provides an extended discussion of new topics such as the judicial review of decisions against cartels, definition and evidence of cartel activity, the significance and operation of leniency programs, the criminological and legal basis of the criminalization of cartel conduct, the role of individual and corporate actors, and the range of sanctions which may be used to respond to cartel activity and the effectiveness of such sanctions

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview: Talking About Cartels - The Main Elements of Analysis and Discussion 1. Business Cartels: Sleeping With The Enemy 2. Models of Legal Control: North America and Europe 3. Cartels In Europe, 1870-1945: Das Kartellproblem 4. Cartels in Europe, 1945-1970: From Registrable Agreement to Concerted Practice 5. A Narrative of Cartel Enforcement in Europe, 1970 to the Present Time 6. Proof of Cartel Delinquency: Fashioning the European Cartel Offence 7. The Judicial Review of Cartel Control: Testing the Evidence and Due Process 8. Negotiating Guilt: Leniency and Breaking the Code of Silence 9. The Pathology of Cartels: Addressing Issues of Agency and Responsibility 10. Sanctions: A Complex European and International Grid 11. Corporate and Individual Sanctions 12. The Shape of Things to Come: Cartel Law in the Twenty-first Century Bibliography 

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview: Talking About Cartels - The Main Elements of Analysis and Discussion
1. Business Cartels: Sleeping With The Enemy
2. Models of Legal Control: North America and Europe
3. Cartels In Europe, 1870-1945: Das Kartellproblem
4. Cartels in Europe, 1945-1970: From Registrable Agreement to Concerted Practice
5. A Narrative of Cartel Enforcement in Europe, 1970 to the Present Time
6. Proof of Cartel Delinquency: Fashioning the European Cartel Offence
7. The Judicial Review of Cartel Control: Testing the Evidence and Due Process
8. Negotiating Guilt: Leniency and Breaking the Code of Silence
9. The Pathology of Cartels: Addressing Issues of Agency and Responsibility
10. Sanctions: A Complex European and International Grid
11. Corporate and Individual Sanctions
12. The Shape of Things to Come: Cartel Law in the Twenty-first Century
Bibliography

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