Explaining and Understanding Cartel Collusion

This website serves the 'Cartel Biographies' project which examines the nature of business cartel collusion and in particular the impact of legal sanctions which are applied to deal with such activity. The project has been awarded a grant by the Leverhulme Trust, to enable research to be undertaken and its results to be disseminated. The project will run for two years from 1 October 2012.

The research is being carried out by Professor Christopher Harding and Dr Jennifer Edwards of the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. The project is monitored by an international advisory board, comprising Dr Caron Beaton-Wells (University of Melbourne), Dr Andreas Stephan (University of East Anglia), and Professor Melanie Williams (University of Exeter).

Within the last 20 years the legal control of business cartels has burgeoned globally as a significant regulatory activity. Official rhetoric contains a strong assertion of the need for and deterrent effect of stronger sanctions against such cartels, but measurement of the impact of measures of legal control remains difficult and uncertain. The construction of 'cartel biographies'based upon the actual prosecution of international cartels over the past 30 years offers reliable data from which convincing conclusions may be drawn regarding the relative impact of different approaches to the legal control of cartels over time and across jurisdictions.