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A growing number of jurisdictions treat ‘hardcore’ cartel conduct as crime, in the belief that the threat of incarceration is necessary for deterrence. The significant economic harm caused by cartels is generally undisputed, but there is disagreement over whether cartel conduct is morally offensive enough to justify criminalisation. Critics argue it is another example of ‘over-criminalisation’, seeking to regulate an activity that is morally ambiguous. Those in favour have sought to formulate normative justifications for why cartel conduct should be crime. Many of these rely on the assumption that members of society expect markets to be competitive and believe cartels are undesirable. This paper makes a significant contribution by testing this question empirically. Public surveys from the UK, Germany, Italy and the US are used to critically analyse the extent to which normative justifications for cartel conduct have empirical backing.
|Number of pages||26|
|Early online date||21 May 2017|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2017|
- Competition Law
- School of Law - Professor of Competition Law
- Centre for Competition Policy - Member
- Competition, Markets and Regulation - Member
Person: Research Group Member, Research Centre Member, Academic, Teaching & Research
- 1 Finished
CCP Centre for Competition Policy Phase 2 (2009-14)
Hviid, M., Akman, P., Davies, S., Hargreaves-Heap, S., Harker, M., Kassim, H., Kassim, H., Lyons, B., Stephan, A., Sugden, R., Waddams, C., Wadlow, C., Zizzo, D., Allen-Rogers, D., Allen-Rogers, D., Allen-Rogers, D. & Allen-Rogers, D.
Economic and Social Research Council
1/09/09 → 30/11/14