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Final Report - CPFTR (Competition Policy Foundations for Trade Reform, Regulatory Reform, and Sustainable Development)

Project ID: 502564
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES


In recent years, the flurry of national and international initiatives on competition law and enforcement has gone well beyond the associated economic research base, especially as it relates to scholarship on such matters in developing countries. This discrepancy need not necessarily lead to inappropriate state measures being adopted, yet it does raise sufficient concerns as to merit a comprehensive, empirical, and policy-relevant research programme to narrow the gap between the official and academic communities.

The CPFTR project on sought to strengthen the links between academics, policymakers, and practitioners on national and international competition law and enforcement matters. As revealed in their final report, when considering the effectiveness of competition advocacy the real question is how such activities alter the political-economy of policy-making in an economy. As competition agencies do not directly represent interest groups, the strategic use of information appears to be the most potent tool available in this regard.

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