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Ordo and European Competition Law

Flavio Felice and Massimiliano Vatiero ()

A chapter in A Research Annual, 2014, vol. 32, pp 147-157 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract It is often “assumed,” even among well-informed lawyers and economists, that European competition law is an emulation of the US antitrust law because of American influence on European political and economic debates after the Second World War. However, such an assumption is disputable: in accordance with Professor Gerber, the competition law in Europe is an indigenous product based primarily on ideas developed in Germany by the so-called ordoliberal thought. In this respect, the article 102 TFEU may be considered a proof. The aims of this article are to furnish a critical examination of ordoliberal ideas of anticompetitive conducts and underline the relevance of ordoliberal thought for the development of the modern European competition law.

Keywords: Ordoliberalism; Freiburg School; European competition law; market power; B13; B2; K21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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