CCP Seminar: Explaining the Surprising Strength of the European Competition Policy

We are delighted to welcome Laurent Warlouzet (LSE/Artois) as our guest speaker at this week’s CCP seminar on Friday 22nd February. He will be presenting his research on ‘Explaining the Surprising Strength of the European Competition Policy: The Sutherland Breakthrough (1985-88)‘. A preliminary version of Laurent’s abstract can be found below.

Abstract
The development of a strong European competition policy was not a natural phenomenon, although it is usually considered as a mechanical consequence of the Single Act, of the ordoliberal nature of the Treaty of Rome and of the rise of neoliberal ideas. This paper will argue 1) that the strengthening of the European Competition Policy was surprising, and 2) that it was greatly linked to some initiatives taken by Peter Sutherland, commissioner for competition between 1985 and 1988.

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