A critical analysis of the prospects for the effective development of a regional approach to competition law in the ASEAN region

Porananond, Ploykaew (2016) A critical analysis of the prospects for the effective development of a regional approach to competition law in the ASEAN region. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis is an examination of the ASEAN’s prospects in establishing regional competition policy in the Southeast Asia region, a topic of contemporary relevance in light of the ASEAN’s recent foray into the economic integration field on 31 December 2015. It questions whether the current approach undertaken by the ASEAN could contribute to an effective regional competition policy under the regional market integration. In answering this question, the thesis first critically surveys the current terrain of regional competition laws and policies in order to determine the possible existence of an optimal template. It argues that although the EU model is oft used as a source of inspiration, each regional organisation conceives different configurations of the model in order to best adjust to the local regional contexts.
The thesis makes an inquiry into the narratives of the ASEAN’s competition policy, as well as the ASEAN’s specific considerations in the development of competition policy, before comparing the findings to the actual approaches taken by the ASEAN in its pursuit of regional competition policy. This thesis reveals that the actual approach taken by the ASEAN demonstrates an important discrepancy from the economic integration goal. The ASEAN applies a soft harmonisation approach regarding substantive competition law while refraining from establishing a centralised institution or a representative institution. The sole organ with regards to competition policy at the regional level is an expert organ. The thesis also conducts an investigation into the reception of the ASEAN’s regional policy by the member states in order to ascertain the possibility of the achievement of the ASEAN’s aspiration of regional competition policy. The study reveals that despite some shared similarities in the broad principles of competition law amongst the member states, the various competition law regimes are not harmonised thus creating challenging obstacle to the ASEAN’s ambition. The thesis then concludes that the ASEAN’s approach to regional competition law is unlikely to be effective.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Regional competition law, ASEAN, developing countries.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Funder's Name: Chiang Mai University
Supervisor's Name: Furse, Professor Mark
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Miss Ploykaew Porananond
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7489
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 07:32
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:35
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7489

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