This book documents the proceedings of the second Oslo Competition Policy Conference on ‘The Foundations of Competition Policy Analysis’, held in Oslo on 21-22 September 1998, and organized by the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA). The first conference in this series, initiated and organized by the NCA, was held in June 1996 on ‘Competition Policies for an Integrated World Economy’. The proceedings of that conference are published in the Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy series: Einar Hope and Per Maeleng (eds): Competition and Trade Policies: Coherence or Conflict?, Routledge, 1998.
These conferences are intended as a meeting place for practitioners of competition policy in competition authorities and representatives of the academic and research communities and the business community, and as a forum for discussing important competition policy questions. The focus for the 1998 conference was on methodological and analytical issues in competition policy and cases in practice and thus contributed, hopefully, to improving such analyses by competition authorities.
The Norwegian Competition Authority is grateful to the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Government Administration, the Norwegian Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, respectively, for financial support to the conference. A number of my colleagues at the Authority rendered invaluable assistance in connection with the conference arrangements and in the editing process of the proceedings. I would particularly like to mention Unni Bache, Ingrid Braatejorde, Morten Berg, Lasse Ekeberg, and Knut Wettermark. Unni and Ingrid did a fantastic job when they had to contact some 150 conference participants from around the world at the very last minute when the conference, which was originally scheduled for mid-June, had to be cancelled because of an unexpected air traffic controllers’ strike in Norway. They managed to contact all representatives in time! The cancellation had the unfortunate effect that two contributors, Professors John Kay and John Sutton, were unable to present their papers when the conference was rescheduled for September.
I would also like to thank Simon Whitmore of Routledge for stimulating cooperation during the editing and production process. I hope that the book will contribute to focusing on and improving the analytical foundations of competition policy analysis so that decisions by competition authorities can be based on sound principles and with the best analytical tools available.