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ESRC Funded Research Groups


The institutions of competition policy are crucial both in its development and its implementation. They are thus an inevitable and central part of the research agenda, and research in this theme is particularly closely linked to that undertaken in other themes. The key issues to be addressed under this theme are:

What determines how national and EC policy and institutions have developed? What role have networks of competition authorities played in policy development? How did DG IV, the predecessor of DG COMP, become established as a supranational authority? What is the role of State Aid policy, what has driven its development and what is its impact in industrial policy and beyond? How effectively has the European Commission adapted State Aid policy in response to the crisis, especially in banking and the car industry? How do competition law and policy interact with other public policy goals? How does private enforcement affect the role and design of public enforcement of competition law?

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