Introduction: Talking About Cartels—The Main Elements of Analysis and Discussion

Christopher Harding and Julian Joshua

in Regulating Cartels in Europe

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551484
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594977 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in European Law

Introduction: Talking About Cartels—The Main Elements of Analysis and Discussion

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This introductory chapter locates the subject-matter of the book within the broader field of debate and shows how it may be categorised and viewed from a number of disciplinary perspectives. This discussion sets the scene for the way in which the subject has evolved from a topic of economics and competition law to one of regulatory enforcement, basic rights protection, criminal justice, and criminology. The chapter explores the subject from a number of perspectives under headings which suggest different disciplinary angles: its political economy, as a model of legal control; as a drama involving a number of main types of actor; its history, as an aspect of international relations in a context of globalization; and its pathology and emergence as an issue of delinquency and crime. This approach is ‘book-ended’ in the concluding chapter, which, for instance, presents a pathologist's, a lawyer's, and a criminologist's report.

Keywords: economics; regulatory enforcement; criminology; international relations; rights protection

Chapter.  2999 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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