Consumer Involvement in Private EU Competition Law Enforcement

Hardcover | October 3, 2015

byMaria Ioannidou

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Despite the growing importance of "consumer welfare" in EU competition law debates, there remains a significant disconnect between rhetoric and reality, as consumers and their interests still play only an ancillary role in this area of law. Consumer Involvement in Private EU Competition Law Enforcement is the first monograph to exclusively address this highly topical and much debated subject, providing a timely and wide-ranging examination of the need for more active consumer participation in competition law. Written by an expert inthe field, it sets out a comprehensive framework of policy implications and arguments for greater involvement, positioning the debate in the context of a broader EU law perspective. It outlines pragmatic approaches to remedial and procedural measures that would enable consumer empowerment. Finally,the book identifies key institutional and political obstacles to the adoption of effective measures, and suggests alternative routes to enhance the role of consumers in private competition law enforcement. The book's innovative approach, combining normative analysis and practical solutions, make it invaluable for academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in the field.

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Despite the growing importance of "consumer welfare" in EU competition law debates, there remains a significant disconnect between rhetoric and reality, as consumers and their interests still play only an ancillary role in this area of law. Consumer Involvement in Private EU Competition Law Enforcement is the first monograph to exclusi...

Dr Maria Ioannidou is a Lecturer in Competition Law at Queen Mary, University of London. She holds an MPhil and DPhil in EU competition law from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the area of EU and UK competition law and in particular on the evaluation and improvement of current enforcement mechanisms. Apart from her ma...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:October 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart 1: POLICY AND NORMATIVE JUSTIFICATIONS FOR INCREASED CONSUMER PARTICIPATION IN PRIVATE EU COMPETITION LAW ENFORCEMENT1. CONSUMER INTEREST IN EU COMPETITION LAW: A POLICY ANALYSIS2. NORMATIVE JUSTIFICATIONS FOR INCREASED CONSUMER INVOLVEMENTPart 2: FORMULATING MEASURES ENHANCING THE CONSUMERS' ROLE IN PRIVATE COMPETITION LAW ENFORCEMENT3. 'STANDING' AND 'ACCESS TO EVIDENCE': OBSTACLES FOR 'GROUP A' AND 'GROUP B' CONSUMER CLAIMS4. COLLECTIVE ACTIONS: ADDRESSING 'GROUP B' CONSUMER CLAIMSPart 3: TOWARDS ACCEPTABLE MECHANISMS5. CONSUMER INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC COMPETITION LAW ENFORCEMENT: TOWARDS ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVES6. OVERCOMING INSTITUTIONAL AND POLITICAL LIMITATIONS: APPROPRIATE INSTRUMENTS FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF EUROPEAN WIDE MEASURES7. CONCLUDING REMARKSBibliography

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"For anyone who cares about consumers and competition this is a must-read. Ioannidou sets out clearly and cogently where European competition law is still failing consumers, and then makes practical and thoughtful proposals on how to move from the current rhetoric to real consumerparticipation and protection in competition law enforcement" --Dr Philip Marsden, Deputy Chair, Competition and Markets Authority