Brazil: Competition policy five years later - Still in search of better practices?

The article proposes the adoption of a "better practices" framework for evaluating public policies and institutions, with a focus on the implementation of competition policy. After identifying central variables directed at that purpose, I turn to the Brazilian case. Brazil invested in a method of building better practices during the implementation of the new competition law, which enabled CADE to be seen as a mature authority. The search for better practices, notwithstanding, is a continuum path and therefore, in the final part of the article, I address some of the challenges which lie ahead.

I. Introduction 1. There are two ways in which one can look at institutions or policies within a country: (i) by assessing how they deviate from the so-called “best practices,” that distinguish countries with different patterns of development; or (ii) by examining how they have resulted from historical choices made for a particular type of society. [1] 2. I believe this second path to be more appropriate in order to discuss the restructuring of public policies. It provides a more consistent and elaborate toolbox for the understanding of policies, as well as for their design, for the diagnosis of challenges, and for strategies for their implementation. 3. The presumption is that there is no ideal institutional model isolated from the reality of a country. As one rarely witnesses an

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Vinicius Marques de Carvalho, Brazil: Competition policy five years later - Still in search of better practices?, September 2017, Concurrences Review N° 3-2017, Art. N° 84429,

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