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The Institutional Design of Competition Authorities: Debates and Trends

In: Competition Law Enforcement in the BRICS and in Developing Countries


  • Frederic Jenny

    (ESSEC Business School
    OECD Competition Committee)


The issue of institutional design of competition authorities has attracted increasing interest since the early 2000 but requires further elaboration. This article attempts to fill some gaps by providing a general framework to examine a number of dimensions of this issue under three headings: the goals, the functions and the organization of competition authorities. While there is no unique institutional design which would fit all countries, a number trade-offs should be considered in designing a competition authority. These trade-offs may lead to different designs across countries depending on the local conditions. Ultimately choosing the best possible design for the competition authority given the local conditions is crucial to ensure that the competition authority is most effectively able to discharge its duties.

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  • Frederic Jenny, 2016. "The Institutional Design of Competition Authorities: Debates and Trends," International Law and Economics, in: Frederic Jenny & Yannis Katsoulacos (ed.), Competition Law Enforcement in the BRICS and in Developing Countries, pages 1-57, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:intchp:978-3-319-30948-4_1
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-30948-4_1

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    1. Yannis Katsoulacos & Vasiliki Bageri, 2022. "Objectives and the Optimal Structure of Competition Authorities Revisited," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 69-81, March.
    2. Tsyganov, Andrey (Цыганов, Андрей) & Pavlova, Nataliya (Павлова, Наталья), 2017. "Multifunctional Antimonopoly Bodies in the World Practice: Advantages and Risks [Многофункциональные Антимонопольные Органы В Мировой Практике: Преимущества И Риски]," Working Papers 031704, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
    3. S. Avdasheva & S. Golovanova & Y. Katsoulacos, 2019. "Optimal Institutional Structure of Competition Authorities Under Reputation Maximization: A Model and Empirical Evidence from the Case of Russia," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 54(2), pages 251-282, March.
    4. Avdasheva, Svetlana & Golovanova, Svetlana & Katsoulacos, Yannis, 2019. "The role of judicial review in developing evidentiary standards: The example of market analysis in Russian competition law enforcement," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(C), pages 101-114.
    5. Pavlova, Natalia (Павлова, Наталья), 2018. "Features of the Goals of Antimonopoly Authorities in Developing Countries on the Example of the BRICS Countries [Особенности Целей Антимонопольных Органов В Развивающихся Странах На Примере Стран Б," Working Papers 031838, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.


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