In recent years the United Kingdom and various other countries have decided to restructure the institutions responsible for enforcing competition laws. How should a nation choose among myriad alternative arrangements? This paper lays out nine major institutional choices that governments must address in designing the implementation mechanism for a competition law. The paper discusses tradeoffs associated with each choice and examines interdependencies among different design elements. In doing so, the paper offers a structured framework that countries can use in forming new competition systems or altering existing institutional arrangements.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-135; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-135
Kovacic, William E. and Hyman, David A., "Competition Agency Design: What's on the Menu?" (2012). GW Law Faculty Publications & Other Works. 628.