Cartels in Europe, 1870–1945: <i>Das Kartellproblem</i>

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

Cartels in Europe, 1870–1945: Das Kartellproblem

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This chapter presents an account of the earlier history (almost a prehistory) of cartel regulation in Europe, during the later part of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, taking 1945 as a convenient historical watershed. It explains the significance of cartelization in late 19th century Germany, along with the way in which the German experience led to a perception of ‘das Kartellproblem’ — a growing debate on the question and some tentative moves towards legal control. This is followed by a historical overview of early legal initiatives at regulation in the inter-war period, in some national European legal systems and also at the international level, before the history of legal control was punctuated by the Second World War.

Keywords: European history; Germany; Kartellproblem; legal control; legal systems

Chapter.  8340 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: EU Law

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