Competition Policy: Developing Countries Advantage

Kartikeya Tripathi[1]


Competition laws are being considered as one of the major assets in the growth of the developing countries. Developing countries so many times counter certain questions regarding the structure of their national laws and the link they share with rest of the world.

This manuscript focuses on the approximate benefit the developing countries get while they construct their suited competition laws which is well adapted to their respective nations.  The only purpose of this manuscript is to uncover the two main points at which the growing countries concessions are much better linked as compare to the developed countries. The points elucidated in this manuscript are path substance and trade competition user.

By discovering the two main points it will open up more opportunities for the developing countries to come up with their own suitable competition laws.


Many flourished countries now consist of Competition laws. All the countries consisting of competition laws will encounter certain questions of design regarding their national laws and for their relation to the rest of the world.

This particular article states, that developed or growing countries relatively have a slight advantage in process of scheming the competition systems that are well adjusted to their nations and to the modern world. With numbers of developing countries on the table, this particular article put light on two specific points at which growing countries inducements are much better affiliated than those of the already full flourished countries with the favourable progress of the law. The main purpose of this whole article is to discover more about the above mentioned two points.

The main interaction of this article can be divided into two different parts: inward- amplifying a sound and proper national system, outward- making a fine structure for the network of national markets to their particular regional and international environment. For the above mentioned inward phase, this article states that the growing countries are not compelled by the path dependence in scheming and executing a competition law because their competition structure is young enough and amorphous. Without carrying the pressure of the written law in the book these developed countries would have the understandable path to select their goal of managing the market power and its misuses and the course to get there. They have the business opportunity to construct a structure established on the ground what kind of behaviour harms them the most. They can explain major but elastic notions such as “organization” in their own simple terms.

This manuscript states alike but dissimilar claims regarding the outward features of the growing countries competition rules. The demand is, even more, stirring: growing countries are much more motivated as compare to the already developed countries in relation to craft more feasible solutions at the trade and the competition compound in both regional disposition and the world system.

The main reasoning begins with some observation that a massive track of their market issues is cross-border issues, and that particular known law and conventions would preferably be equivalent to the range of the affected market. The flourished world is straight from addressing the major issues that emerge from the loop hole between the global markets and the national –only competition system. A long-term plan fueled by bestowed interests keeps the sight at the national level. In compliance, developing countries can’t take the risk of not noticing the trade and competition issues. Though United States (will be used as the top developed country in the whole article as an example) on the other hand functionally separates the regulations of the trade and the competition, countries which are not yet completely developed feel the instant effect of certain constraints on competition, trade and investment includes all the local , foreign , public and private. They normally developed unified visions. For them, the connectivity of the world demands the unified vision.

By stating that the growing countries confront better inducements than the developed countries to consider the possible solutions doesn’t mean that they will plan and practice the better solutions. They counter a number of hurdles.  Shortage of resources, human capital and also the political and economic surroundings of the particular nations comprises of the deep corruption and less amount of the reliable institutions.  But the fact of the existence of the different types of obstacles does not take away the light from the genuine reality of the comparative advantage. This whole manuscript is all about the comparative advantages.

Making of the National Law Suitable for Development

Growing countries are at several different levels of executing competition law and policy. Few competition authorities like in Africa are in the starting stages of the growth and may act as a price regulating agencies when price increases. Others act as a full-fledged country and exert competition law concepts reasonably.  Some of these agencies are still in their starting stages and running operations to make their particular law applicable to their economies and public. Their law is still not ready to be adopted by the people.

This particular part of the manuscript is addressed to those new agencies whose law is incomplete. The statement in this manuscript is that the several competition agencies and their particular nations have an opportunity to plan the route of their law. They have the very good opportunity to give the thought regarding the good for their country, which generally means the execution of rules of law that advances sustainable comprehensive development and set up cover for the poor. They have the unique chance to raise the questions to their own foundational questions in developing the new trade and competition system.

Though the chance is not only for the growing countries but also for already fully developed countries to make some alterations in their existing laws to adapt to the new surroundings or conditions, but the alteration in the path dependence is much tougher.

Competition law can also be called economic law as both of them include details regarding the markets and the failures of the market. Economics must be a stereotype to build law manageable. In the context of competition, law economics is a notion to fit the nature of the markets, in perspective of how effectively markets are working to make available the goods and services people desire and to fulfill other goals which market usually serves, like providing with a suitable background for the business people to accomplish their goals.

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In the US markets are tend to perform very well. Capital markets and venture capital are accessible to provide finance for new ideas. Entry and expansion to question the binding economic power are comparatively strong. There are a small number of monopolies and even less to be challenged by the capable competitors. Lack of the economic opportunity is a national issue but not recognized by the competition system.

Faith in the market and lack of faith of government form the elementary platform upon which U.S. antitrust regulation and standards have been cast since the early 1980s. The above-mentioned regulations can be distinguished as follows: 1) there are strict rules regarding the cartels; which are mainly price-fixing scheme. There are rules given to recognize the anti-competitive practice.  In fast-developing countries, the footing is completely different, and in the number of aspects, is discourse. Commonly markets don’t work that well. Number of vital businesses developed as state-owned organizations with a large number of benefits. Capital markets perform poorly and generally not for the people without any money and contacts. Entry barriers are excessive, due to the perseverance of benefiting monopolies. Poverty and corruption are predictable, imbalance of wealth and the economic chance is prevalent and often recognized as generating difficulties all regulations of law must be viewed.

The comparable carries a message: there isn’t a cause to trust that the competition regulations and guidelines that are proven to be good for America will do the same for the developing countries. American regulations and guidelines may be proven good for the growing countries and many are proven right, but the simple variation of the economic actuality in the growing countries in compliance with already flourished countries is not less than an invitation to question the flexibility of the western law.  Should the bottom stage be reset in certain aspects? The following topics might lead to the answer:

  1. Constructing the objectives of competition law and plan to successfully achieve them.
  2. Elucidating “efficiency”
  3. To select a type of economics: Chicago School/Post School or any other possible replacement.
  4. Concerned with:
  5. State constraints
  6. Exclusionary practices
  7. ill-treatment, mainly acute type of ill-treatment by the suppliers of necessities of life.

The presentation of the above-mentioned topics forms segment of the base for competition law that suits the development.  In examining each of them, this manuscript begins with the viewpoint of the United States and then to ask the growing countries about their viewpoint they likely to pick if they begin from the fresh and ask them about what would be great to boost up the economy and legal substructure of law.

Objectives and Ways to achieve them

In case of United States, the aim of competition law as most often stated is consumer well-being or organization, and process to attain is to examine behaviour or transactions to ascertain whether they decrease output and consumer surplus.

The term “surplus” above mentioned is consumer surplus. Consumer surplus cites to the sum total surplus of all the consumers. It is contemplated as immaterial for competition law, if the business application in question comforts rich consumers more as compare to the poor consumers, or unexpectedly if the rich acquire more at the price of the poor. After applying the Kaldor-Hicks Principle, if the victor acquires more than the loser failed to gain, the behaviour is systematical. If the victor is fortunate and the losers are unfortunate agonizing from years of occluding chances that is irrelevant.  And if the commanding firm policy compresses the newcomers from the market by the authority and pressure of duty, which is not being treated as an antitrust contravention unless the management probably to result in monopolization of a market associated with the minimization of the sum total consumer surplus.

Efficiency” meaning

For the motive of antitrust, The United States explain the term “efficiency” in expression suited to the above-mentioned goals. Besides, the antitrust regulations and guidelines are built on a different kind of supposition regarding efficiency, including: markets are normally strong and perform well; market domination is difficult to obtain and keep; business stricken firms normally perform their functions as they aim to amuse the consumers because that’s how they build up their profits and competition in the market drive them to do so.

The economic truth of the growing countries is significantly different. Markets are not strong and healthy. Business is generally state-owned and capitalized and the inheritor of the number of advantages. Well-organized market presumptions are not compatible with the economic truth. A single chance for the business to go into the markets, survive and develop is generally to be the main element of the growing countries course to the efficiency.  Thus a grassroots concept of efficiency and the process to attain it may be entirely unique to the growing countries in comparance to the already developed countries.

Type of Economics

In executing economics law, countries officials and courts normally accept one or another shore of economic thought. Each separate category of economics has recognizable features in the antitrust area. Chicago school of economics mainly would depend on markets and reduce the extent of government involvement like the antitrust imposition. In case of the antitrust, Chicago school is related with the aim of enlarging the sum total consumer welfare or regulations by letting the markets do their work even if they are strenuous markets with the commanding firms. Exponents are devoted to the no antitrust involvement against the management or transactions until or unless they reduce the consumer surplus and are not rationalized by the good business motive. Tricks of the Chicago School considerably assisted US antitrust law to its present condition of comparative laissez-faire for the tough hard-core cartels.

Concerned With State Constraints

The US concerned antitrust law doesn’t include the acts of the State doesn’t matter the depth of the anti-competitiveness on the basis of that the state is a supreme ruler i.e. sovereign and the issue regarding the state constraints is a political issue and to be handled by the democratic method.[2] U.S. concerned business firms have developed from private enterprise. The State never portrayed the critical rule in the economy.  Growing countries have the same discoursed encounter. An ample number of their economies were statist for several years and even now being controlled by the certain number of companies that are either possessed or commanded by the State or by the various superior families with a strong relation to the State. The ample number of businesses prevailed as monopolies even after the act of privatization. The state and local government constraints frequently interlink with the private constraints, hamper businesses from challenging on their merits. This similar economic past and its repercussions may indicate a larger need and thus a larger extent regarding the description of the competition law. This command is in fact for sure had an impact in the law of a various intermediate and growing countries.

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Exclusionary Practices

In U.S. several big firms, even the commanding firms, enrolled in practices like tying, special dealing and denial of the agreements that have a limited consequence but also possibly might defend the firms’ regulation and might comfort some consumers. As in the currently elucidated US competition law, it is tough to demonstrate that the restricted practice hurts the consumers and not so tough to display that the certain practices have the consumer enjoyments.[3] In the course of development in a non-developed country, normally there isn’t a single competitor as organized as the commanding firm. As per the U.S. concept, the entrepreneurs with excellent ideas, also include those who have been accepted in the market, may be separated from the markers by the policies of the commanding firm indefinitely.  Law of U.S. is mainly worried about circumventing errors of antitrust involvement.  Growing countries might favour to plan out the work of keeping markets doors open for the fresh ideas.


In the U.S. the antitrust law doesn’t criticize the basic form of ill-treatment- asking higher prices. The market is supposed to rectify this issue and the possibility of an antitrust committee or court playing the role of price manager is detested.[4] In some of the countries, various competition laws forbid the immoderate pricing. In growing countries possibility of people dying due to the absence of the cheap drugs is more dreaded than the possibility of court fallacy of the action taken.

These above-mentioned differences prospects are not small, they are conspicuous. In total, growing countries have the burden less opportunity to pursue their own route; to adjust into the law which is convenient to them and might assist them to attain their goals. They are suitably well placed to form a plan and to pursue down that plan convenient to their economic development in the present century taking into account the requests of bluntness and comprehensiveness.

Planning Regional and Global Standards

Currently, the world is in want of the economic consistency. Competition law is being considered as one of the important national law, but the issues it confronts is of global level. Other areas of laws are guided by the consistency with the international substructure, normally under the patronage of the World Trade Organization, but several nations have certain time withstand the international substructure for the competition. The considerable collapse of the WTO Doha trade level indicates low assumptions for mechanism regarding competition agenda in the WTO in the coming future. Regional accords and alliance are considered as a ray of light for consistency.

Regional Standards

The already grown world and especially the U.S. have a small inducement to insert implementation competition duties or trade and competition link in the regional accord. The U.S. is fond of its own competition law; no difficulty imposing its law, in opposition to foreigners; and has no obligation regarding the destruction of their antitrust concepts at a supranational haggle table, which might vote for the preservation of little competitors from systematic competition. The competition steps in the regional cords that comprises of the thin and not close to implementation. 1994 free trade agreement of North America gives an example. The cord comprises of a competition chapter, which clearly necessitates the additional work by the three major nations- the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Not even a single research work or endorsement was ever given in or submitted. The three above mentioned nations couldn’t get to concur regarding the barring of export cartels within North America. Nor could they concur to exterminate their antidumping laws and exchange exploitative pricing regulations just within the three major nation’s area. The questions raise why? The U.S. first gets the small economic satisfaction from the chapters of competition in the regional accord and it has no motivation to put down its essential arms.

The tale is fully different for the growing countries. They consist of several competition issues which they don’t have the resources to resolve them alone. Their investments affiliates with the building of regional cord, especially with the same mindset neighbours.

There are countable six market constraints issues that growing countries counter and that regional cord likewise located neighbors can notably aid to solve the issues. Some of them are internal representation.

The first one is economies of scale in imposition. Every single one of the economy may be little to fund and supports a strong competition committee on its own. Forming a group with formal consent together might assist to close the wealth gap if states member is ready to carry out adequate facilities to the pool.

The second one is influenced by numbers. Every country solo may have the shortage of the practical power to withstand the anti-competitive acts initiated by the different foreign countries or to call the offender to account. By binding together, but not solo, growing countries might be able to persuade the already flourished countries i.e. developed countries to distribute the documents crucial to demonstrating the case and maybe even to persuade the different nations at the place of the offense to forbid their firms through the price-fixing in the developed countries.

The third one is the voice to express the common reasons of the growing countries. Without any unity there is no scope of the growing country prospect; purely, there are several shattered voices hardly detectable in the global level discussion.  Every growing country solo cant certainly declares a growing country prospect, but all this effort would result in gain if all growing countries assert that the world requires usual norms and that the particular norms should be theirs.

The fourth one is the data and the territory wise understanding of the various facts. A local committee may be well suited to discover and connect together the confusion of constraints that surpasses borders. View from the above can be taken, understands analyze the accounts for all the advantages and disadvantages, wherever they come. The more comprehensive view might sanction more concentrated and stronger public support bring down the inner border barriers, by increasing the discussion to the community stage and designing the value of border constraints.

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The fifth one is like the European Union; an economic group can overcome the narrow-minded within its inner market, forbidding the biasness in favor of own country national undertakings and forbidding states from levying the undue constraints in the international market. State and private constraints are two sides of the same coin; a body lights up the truth.

The sixth one is, as illustrated by the European Union; the body is generally an economic market, enforcement and aid orders are much more organized and successful on the basis of the wide market situation in compliance with the shattered one. A successful aid in various competition cases must be territorial wide.

Regional institutions can become vertex in the big network of the antitrust group. These big units might in time supply suitable method to broaden the regional substructure or perhaps even initiate standards for the global level.

Global Standards

Planning a global standard is yet one of the toughest challenges. The world right now is in desperate need of the consistency and flourished and growing countries would gain from an equitably sensible system based on representations of accordance, and the one which is equitably free of narrow-minded national concerns. Such representation would examine more practically the open markets stay with the WTO standards. It could forbid the world consensus mistakes, like the hard-core cartels and the comprehensible monopolistic debarment, subject to reasons that would permit the policy space for the growing countries. In the case for the mergers, it could supply with the clearinghouse for the formal announcement of big multinational mergers, right to be heard of the wounded, small or powerless nations to have they’re antitrust detected and intercepted in the country of the merging parties. The main things are that it could give a procedure by which competition committee can take the documents in the homeland country of evident offenders, a procedure for the victims of arbitrated wrong to get rectified from the foreign wrongdoers and in common lucidity. These regulations and therapy probably to intensify the world comforts.

Let’s take the example of the United States. The US had no motive to make such representation because it would be like the falling of the power and obtain nothing. It can shield itself in the absence of a global level assignment; it doesn’t require the need for competition law. It consists of a strong and powerful system for the purpose of document detecting and a vigorous system for victim recuperation. In cases of the foreign constraints that harms U.S. competition, it possesses of the legal and the pragmatic tools and strength to terminate the bad behavior include foreign mergers too. Besides just like the several other flourished countries the United States consists of the modification ability to keep the chosen illiberal trade constraints at the time when they choose.

Growing countries are unprotected. They don’t have the ability to shield themselves from the quantity of off-short constraints that injure them. International cartels are to be considered as the main wrongdoer. Growing countries gain profit from the well-flourished countries application if the particular application is considered to be good for the flourished countries, but there isn’t any scope of the benefit when the flourished countries are the objectives, and they generally are.

Even though the U.S. practically divides its trade form its competition policy, and hence can flinch away from an international competition substructure while comforting from a global trade reign, growing countries don’t possess that indulgence.  Mainly in the smaller growing countries, the poorest quality constraints are normally fundamental both public and private which states that they require a rule that commands the state and private anti-competitive acts exceeding their borders.

Because an equitable international authority is so significant to successful development of growing countries and because the flourished countries are mainly satisfied with the way it is, growing countries consist of the powerful motive to ease the world architecture.


Growing countries are restricted by the number of drawbacks. In the middle of all of their tough situations or challenges, this manuscript has discovered the two brilliant unseen truths. First is the path dependence. Fully-fledged competition regime has the burden of an established course, which sometimes becomes unalterable even at the time of the major global alteration.  A brand new competition regime doesn’t have this burden.  The second one is the trade competition user. Flourished economies with big markets, specifically the United States, show a small amount of motivation in linking the world by a consistent trade and competition structure. The current developed system with the boundary line between the trade and competition and having the national law only unconcerned to outside harms, suitable to them. But growing countries, mostly small growing countries, are wounded on an everyday basis by a deadly combo of cross-border state and private constraints. To be certain big flourished countries has also the scope to gain in the competition space from regional cords but in an economizing way, they gained less. For all the given reasons with consideration to the separate two unseen points brought to the light in this manuscript, the concession of the growing countries is better affiliated with the positive policy than are the concessions of the flourished countries.

The survival of the good concessions does not warranty or even recommend that growing countries will come up with the regional or global structure of the future, let alone makes a national competition law most suitable for them. By identifying the two uncovered topics in this manuscript it may open the doors to the chances for growing countries to come up with the competition law which is suitable for them, and it may stimulate the growing countries competition leaders to make the instance for a better structure for regional cooperation and world consistency from the viewpoint of less strong nations.

[1]Student, Amity Law School Noida.

[2]Parker v. Brown C (1943) 317 US 341 / N.C., State Bd. of Dental examiners v. FTC (2015) 135 S. Ct. 1101.

[3]Pac. Bell Telephone Co. v. LinkLine Comm. Inc. (2009) U.S. 438.

[4]Verizon Comm. Inc v. Law Offices of Curtis (2004) U.S. 398.