Thursday, October 21, 2010

Series: Global Competition Law and Economics

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

I am off on Monday to speak in DC at a US Chamber sponsored program for the Competition Commission of India.  The US Chamber has done important work on various competition issues through its various initiatives around the world.  Someone else speaking on Monday asked me about my forthcoming book series.  On the assumption that a number of other people also are wondering about its status, let me provide readers about where we are in the process.  The first book is being edited and has a cast of some excellent authors in economics and law.  Our conference in India will serve as the basis for the second book.  See here.

As for the series generally, the Stanford University Press website gives a rich description:

Forthcoming Series: Global Competition Law and Economics

Ioannis Lianos and D. Daniel Sokol, Editors

Competition law and economics (known in the United States as antitrust) is an area of cutting-edge academic work with significant policy implications. Once confined to the United States and a few other countries, antitrust has taken off as an area of study in a relatively short period of time. More than 100 jurisdictions now have competition laws. Increasingly, enforcement activities abroad have far-reaching implications for any antitrust regime. Moreover, developments in economic thinking have helped to reformulate attitudes in both academic and policy circles. This book series will be at the forefront of the development of new ideas and approaches within the field.

“Given the increasingly global dynamics of competition law and economics, Lianos and Sokol will make an important contribution to the field of antitrust with this new series.”
—Einer Elhauge, Petrie Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

"With the growth in the number of competition agencies worldwide, there is an increasing opportunity to apply sophisticated economic reasoning to shape competition policy and make it work for the long run interests of society. A series in global competition policy is a welcome development that should accelerate the dissemination of knowledge in this important area of policy.”
—Dennis Carlton, Katherine Dusak Miller Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

"This series promises to offer a vital set of books that will fill a real need. The interaction of competition law, economics, and institutions in view of globalized markets is a critical problem of our times."
—Eleanor Fox, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation, NYU School of Law

"I am delighted that this new series on Global Competition Law and Economics has been launched. Competition law involves the economic analysis of markets within the context of a legal process. This series promises to contribute vital scholarship to this important and ever-growing area of economic policy."
—Richard Whish, King's College London, School of Law

"With over 100 jurisdictions enforcing competition policy, officials need to know how to cooperate with other authorities, and undertakings devising a global strategy need to how to comply with the requirements of many different authorities operating under different legislation. Both groups need to understand competition advocacy. Skills in both economics and law are required. Laws that suit large well-developed countries may not suit smaller or less developed countries. The two series editors are well known internationally in the area of competition law, and I am sure that they will attract excellent authors for the different volumes of the series. This new series of books will fill a gap and is warmly welcome."
—Valentine Korah, University College London, Faculty of Laws

"With the recent global proliferation of competition laws, many of these competition authorities are in a phase of learning and experimentation. This makes it an opportune time for practitioners and scholars to exchange ideas, discuss the challenges we face, and develop new solutions. The new book series, Global Competition Law and Economics, is exactly the time of venue that will assist in this process by promoting the communication of what we know right now and enhancing the development of what we'll know tomorrow."
—Joseph E. Harrington, Jr., Johns Hopkins University, Department of Economics

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