Competition Policy & Utility Regulation

Competition, like fire, is a great servant and a terrible master. This section describes the UK competition regime, and discusses what works well, and what doesn't.


The Five Instruments

Competition authorities have access to five weapons in their fight to maintain competition:-

  1. Cartels
  2. Abuse of Dominant Position
  3. Merger Control
  4. Market Studies & Investigations
  5. Utility Regulation

Identifying a competition problem can be only half the battle.  Here is some advice about Designing Effective Remedies

It is interesting to compare international competition regimes. Follow these links to read:

Policy Questions


Martin Stanley

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