SOUTY François Clefs-Politique, Montchrestien, Lextenso éditions, 4e édition, 2013, 160 p.

Le droit et la politique de la concurrence de l’Union européenne

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Competition law and policy are the only areas in which the European Commission in Brussels can decide on its own on the actions to be taken by Member States, companies and consumers. Conceived in the 1950s as an instrument of intervention to combat the abuse of economic power by the large private operators deemed responsible for the Second World War, this policy now seems to be at the service of a neo-liberal ideology known as "economic efficiency" which does not necessarily identify with the interests of consumers or those of European industrialists and their employees. In some cases, it may even appear to be driven by a simplistic dynamic designed to call into question the prerogatives of States and their public services, under conditions that are sometimes contrary to the democratic objectives of peace and harmonious socio-economic development, as promoted by the founding fathers of the Common Market.

The fourth edition of this book details, with clarity and precision, what has made the success of the three previous editions: a direct, original and practical presentation of a policy that has been evolving well since 1957, in the service of a demanding conception of a Europe made for citizens, consumers or employees, producers or distributors, and not just for those with financial interests.

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  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

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Catherine Prieto, Le droit et la politique de la concurrence de l’Union européenne, September 2013, Concurrences N° 3-2013, Art. N° 53039, p. 215

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