An examination of the competitiveness of the methods by which beer has been distributed in the UK focusing on the beer tie agreement

Macpherson, Erin (2015) An examination of the competitiveness of the methods by which beer has been distributed in the UK focusing on the beer tie agreement. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The thesis seeks to examine the competitiveness of the methods by which beer has been distributed in the UK, particularly the beer tying agreement, with the objective of setting out recommendations for the future. In order to fulfil this objective, the thesis aims firstly to engage in a scholarly exercise of clarifying the role and purpose of the beer tie; the application of the EU competition law provisions to the brewing industry; and the UK Government’s approach to regulating it. Secondly, the thesis engages in comparative research and will consider how other non-UK markets have dealt with the distribution of beer, and more specifically the issue of the beer tie. In doing so, the thesis seeks to ascertain how competitive the UK market is in the context of these other geographical markets. The thesis will also compare the UK beer market with another UK market in which the use of tying agreements is prevalent in order to ascertain whether the same issues have been faced in this market as in the beer market. The intention of the comparative research in the thesis is to provide assistance to legal policy makers on the future regulation of beer distribution in the UK. The thesis does not however undertake to propose measures to achieve a state of perfect competition. Rather, it undertakes, as the third aim of the thesis, to propose informed recommendations that address better the ongoing anti-competitive concerns associated with the operation of the beer tie today and ensure a socially acceptable level of workable competition.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: competition law, beer distribution, beer tie, vertical agreements
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Greaves, Professor Rosa
Date of Award: 2015
Depositing User: Mrs Erin Macpherson
Unique ID: glathesis:2015-6678
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 08:57
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 14:24
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/6678

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