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The Regulatory Perception of the Marketing Function: an Interpretation of UK Competition Authority Investigations 1950-2005

  • John K. Ashton

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    (Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia)

  • Andrew Pressey

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    (Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia)

This paper explores and quantifies the link between marketing and rulings on competition or antitrust law made by UK competition or antitrust authorities. This examination is timely due to both the changing form and increasing severity of competition law in the UK and the strong associations identified between marketing and antitrust law in the US literature. Through a comprehensive examination of past UK competition rulings from 1950-2005, the frequency and content of the principal forms of uncompetitive behaviour during the last half century are recorded. A high proportion of competition law violations are associated with the marketing function. UK competition authorities have viewed specific marketing practices and, more generally, the direction, scope and scale of marketing activity to be causes for concern. We conclude that marketers need to develop a greater awareness of competition law and contribute more to the ongoing discussion as to the present and future form of competition policy.

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Paper provided by Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia in its series Working Papers with number 07-1.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ccp:wpaper:wp07-01
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