Single Dominance

Renato Nazzini

in The Foundations of European Union Competition Law

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199226153
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730856 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in European Law

Single Dominance

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This chapter discusses the concept of dominance and demonstrates that, under Article 102, dominance is the ability to harm competition. This dynamic concept of dominance is consistent with the objective of Article 102, which is not to address market failures resulting from market power but to prohibit certain unilateral conduct that harms long-term social welfare. Having defined dominance, it goes on to examine the three necessary elements of the dominance test: substantial and durable market power, the presence of dynamic barriers to entry, and the absence of countervailing buyer power.

Keywords: dominance; Article 102; competition; long-term social welfare; market power; barriers to entry; countervailing buyer power

Chapter.  18412 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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