Competition Overdose: Exploring the Limitations, searching for the treatment

In this On-Topic issue we have invited prominent competition lawyers and economists – from academic, judicial, enforcement and practice sides of the profession – to discuss a book by two leading antitrust thinkers. The book ’Competition Overdose: How Free Market Mythology Transformed Us from Citizen Kings to Market Servants’ by Maurice E. Stucke and Ariel Ezrachi makes a sad – though not indeed fatal – diagnosis to some axiomatic values and practices dominating antitrust as well as the overall neoliberal agenda over the previous decades. The book has generated remarkable and diverse attention in the discipline and far beyond. All contributors were invited to reflect not only on the book but also on each other’s pieces. This makes the genre of the volume closer to a classical symposium.

Introduction Oles Andriychuk Reader in Competition and Internet Law, Law School Director Strathclyde Centre for Internet Law and Policy (SCILP), Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 1. The scholarship of two prominent members of the antitrust community—Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice Stucke—was never limited only to the genre of classical academic publications, exploring various issues of economic competition within the established disciplinary boundaries and by traditional methodological apparatus. The authors expand the scope of their intellectual impact, publishing widely on the issues of competition from a broader societal account. As with their previous blockbuster Virtual Competition, [1] the new book Competition Overdose [2] has attracted remarkable attention, generating

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  • University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
  • University of Cambridge
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • European University Institute (Florence)
  • University of East Anglia (Norwich)
  • Compass Lexecon (Brussels)
  • University of Bergamo
  • Oxera (Brussels)
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • University of Bonn - Faculty of Law
  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
  • University of Oxford - Centre for Competition Law and Policy
  • The Konkurrenz Group (Washington)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)


Oles Andriychuk, Diane Coyle, David J. Gerber, Pier Luigi Parcu, Amelia Fletcher, Jorge Padilla, Salvatore Piccolo, Philip Lowe, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Daniel Zimmer, Juliane Kokott, Ariel Ezrachi, Maurice Stucke, Svend Albæk, Hanna Schröder, Competition Overdose: Exploring the Limitations, searching for the treatment, February 2022, Concurrences N° 1-2022, Art. N° 105307

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