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Hard-cover • 2005
Pages: 248
ISBN: 8171884490
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Academic Foundation

Towards A Functional Competition Policy For India

An Overveiw

Pradeep S. Mehta (Ed.)

About the Book

<p>Towards a Functional Competition Policy for India comes at a time when the country is poised to implement a new Competition Law, whilst there is a lack of understanding of the nature, and extent of prevalence, of different types of anti-competitive practices. The study helps in getting a better understanding of the competition and economic regulation scenario in India.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contrary to popular perception, the study does not treat Competition Policy as just adoption and implementation of a competition law, but looks at it as a broader policy framework where competition is encouraged as a market process to generate competitive outcomes. Accordingly, the report comprises 22 chapters, giving comprehensive treatment to competition policy in India, covering both systemic as well as sectoral issues.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The study tracks the evolution of Competition Policy and Law in India; discusses the interface of Competition Policy with Government Policies (at the Federal as well as State level), and Consumer Welfare; and identifies competition and economic regulation issues in agriculture, manufacturing, and services.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Towards a Functional competition Policy for India is the result of the effort put in by top experts in the country. The study will be useful to all those who are interested in economic policies, in general, and competition policy, in particular.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The report itself is being published as two separate volumes. This one is an Overview, which carries all papers in a précis form, so that a busy reader can go through them easily and get a flavour of what the issues are. The second is a more detailed report, carrying all chapters in greater depth, and is meant for the policy community, particularly those involved in research. Both the report will serve as curtain raiser and as a road map for future, more in-depth work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"...there could not be a more appropriate time for this volume to be published. As a matter of fact I am not aware of any other study that has given such a comprehensive treatment to the issue of competition policy in India. It is a path breaking project.... The government at the centre has made competition a serious policy issue, therefore one hopes that the policy- makers will take this volume as seriously as it deserves."<br /> <strong>&nbsp;- Vijay L. Kelkar<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;Chairman, India Development Foundation<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;and former Advisor to the Finance Minister,<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;Government of India</strong></p>

About the Author(s) / Editor(s)

<p><strong>Pradeep S Mehta</strong>&nbsp;is the founder Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity &amp; Trust Society (CUTS), a leading research and advocacy group established in India in 1984. CUTS now operates out of six offices in India, and one each in Zambia, Kenya and UK. Mehta has studied commerce at the Calcutta University and law at the Rajasthan University, Jaipur.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mehta serves on several policy-making bodies of the Government of India, related to trade, environment and consumer affairs. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu, and Co-Chairman of the International Network of Civil Society Organisations on Competition. In the past, he has served on the governing boards of the International Centre for Trade and Sustain-able Development (ICTSD), Geneva, Life Insurance Corporation of India, Mumbai, Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi and on the Global Policy and Campaigns Committee on Economic Issues of Consumers International, London.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He also serves on the advisory bodies of the Manchester University's Centre on Regulation and Competition, and on Loyola University's Institute of Antitrust and Consumer Protection. He is a Visiting Fellow to the Centre on Trade and Investment, Government of Rajasthan. Furthermore, he serves on the WTO Director General's Informal NGO Advisory Body.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mehta writes extensively in the press in India and abroad, and has published several papers and books, which include: Essays on the International Trading System; Multilateralisation of Sovereignty; Environmental Condi-tions in International Trade; Analysis of the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy; State of the Indian Consumer; Numbers at What Cost ?; and a serial publica-tion: Globalisation and India - Myths &amp; Realities. The last is addressed to the common person in India, which helps to clarify many basic issues about economic reforms and trade liberalisation.</p>


<p><strong>Pradeep S. Mehta</strong><br /> Secretary General, CUTS International</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>S. Chakravarthy</strong><br /> Former Member, MRTP Commission, Adviser/Consultant on Competition Policy and Law, and Fellow, CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment &amp; Economic Regulation (C-CIER)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Manish Agarwal</strong><br /> Policy Analyst, CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment &amp; Economic Regulation (C-CIER)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Aditya Bhattacharjea</strong><br /> Reader, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Nitya Nanda</strong><br /> Policy Analyst, CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment &amp; Economic Regulation (C-CIER)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>T.C.A. Anant</strong><br /> Professor, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>S. Sundar</strong><br /> Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Jaivir Singh</strong><br /> Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Prabhat Dayal</strong><br /> Fellow, CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment &amp; Economic Regulation (C-CIER)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Rajeev Mathur</strong><br /> Director, CUTS International</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Bharath Jairaj</strong><br /> Legal Coordinator, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group, Chennai</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Ramesh Chand</strong><br /> Principal Scientist, National Centre for Agriculture Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>K.V. Ramaswamy</strong><br /> Associate Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>A.S. Firoz</strong><br /> Chief Economist, Economic Research Unit, Ministry of Steel, Government of India</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Amir Ullah Khan</strong><br /> Fellow, India Development Foundation, Gurgaon</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Mahesh Uppal</strong><br /> Director, Telecommunications &amp; Computer Information Systems, New Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Devendra Kodwani</strong><br /> Director, Tolani Institute of Management, Kutch, Gujarat</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Sunil Jain</strong><br /> Contributing Editor, Business Standard, New Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Shubhashis Gangopadhyay</strong><br /> Director, India Development Foundation, Gurgaon</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Praveen Mohanty</strong><br /> Prognosis Capital Advisor, India Development Foundation, Gurgaon</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>K.J. Joseph</strong><br /> Visiting Senior Fellow, Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>A. Damodaran</strong><br /> Professor, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.</p>

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