This book investigates monopoly policy in the UK from 1973–1995 using all of the monopoly cases which the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) reported on during this period. It provides a rigorous analysis of 14 detailed case studies, and focuses specifically on those cases where the MMC sought to introduce change through price controls, termination of anti-competitive practices or divestment. It assesses how effective such measures have been in combating problems such as monopoly pricing, collusion, predatory and discriminatory pricing and different forms of vertical restraint. From the evidence, the authors discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current policy and examine the scope for reform.
This book will be of interest to students and researchers interested in competition policy, industrial organisation, the British economy and business strategy.