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The Limits of Competition Law: Markets and Public Services

Tony Prosser


To what extent should public services (for example public utilities such as telecommunications, energy, public transport, and postal services) be subject to ordinary competition law? This question has assumed great importance in the context of the activities of the European Union. On the one hand, it is argued (particularly in France) that competition law is a threat to the values of public services that underlie their distinctive objectives. On the other, the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ argument is that protecting public services from competition gives them an unfairly protected position and can mask their ... More

Keywords: public services, competition law, European Union, inefficiencies, protection, European law, general interest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Prosser, author
Professor of Public Law, University of Bristol