Concurrent Exercise of Competition Powers by the Sectoral Regulators: is it Time for a More Radical Change of Approach?  Comp Law 37
The system of concurrent enforcement of the competition rules in the UK by the OFT and the sectoral regulators has been reviewed on several occasions in recent years and a consistent criticism of the current arrangements is that the sectoral regulators are not making sufficient use of their competition enforcement powers. This article considers whether it is time for a more radical reform of the current arrangements and what alternatives exist. It also questions whether seeking to increase the degree of competition enforcement activity in the regulated sectors is an appropriate objective in itself, without first seeking to understand what difference this would make in practice.
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