Where influence lies in the International Competition Network

Christopher Townley*

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This paper discusses influence within the International Competition Network (the ICN). The ICN is a global policy network of national competition authorities. Non-governmental advisers (such as academics, multinationals and their advisers) and some international organisations (such as the OECD and UNCTAD) also participate in this network. As important ICN decisions, such as the adoption of recommended practices, are taken by unanimity (and states can then choose whether or not to implement ICN recommended practices), many think that discussing influence in the ICN is unimportant. This paper explains why influence still matters there. It argues that rich, predominantly western, NCAs, as well as multinationals from this region, wield disproportionate, self-interested influence over newer NCAs. The paper also suggests several mechanisms that these actors use to influence others here.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges to Assumptions in Competition Law
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9781839109072
ISBN (Print)9781839109065
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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