March 22-24, 2007, Thursday - Saturday
New Delhi, India


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The SYMPOSIUM is part of a CUTS Research Project
Competition, Regulation and Development Research Forum  (CDRF)


The working of competition and regulatory regimes in developing countries shows that while good laws are being drafted, the intent gets diminished in their implementation due to peculiar political economy and governance constraints.

There are both good and bad examples in the developing world, which are not captured in research as cogently as would be desirable for new institutions elsewhere to apply in their own context. Further, the public discourse is nearly absent.

Against this backdrop, CUTS International has undertaken a research programme entitled “Competition, Regulation and Development Research Forum (CDRF)”, to stimulate research and deliberations on competition and regulatory implementation issues in developing countries.

The programme would be implemented through research cycles comprising of writing of research papers (based on an open call for papers), a symposium to discuss papers and the publication of a research volume. The first research cycle is being organised on the theme of ‘Institutional issues covering political economy and governance constraints in implementing regulatory regimes in the developing world’, and is supported by DFID, UK and IDRC, Canada.

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As part of the unique research programme, CUTS Center for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation (CUTS C-CIER) and CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) jointly organised a Research Symposium, “Political Economy Constraints in Regulatory Regimes in Developing Countries” from March 22-24, 2007 in New Delhi.

About 40 Experts from varied fields related to the subject matter of the Symposium having experience of dealing with competition and regulatory issues participated as panellists. The rich tapestry of experts was from regulatory agencies, competition commissions, government departments, reputed universities, research community, legal and others.

For those who missed out on attending the momentous two and a half day research symposium, here is another opportunity. You can now watch archived webcast of the programme at the given link:  Don't Miss this Opportunity!!
A snapshot of the issues that emerged out of the 20 odd papers under the First Research Cycle of the project and which were presented during the Symposium have been captured in an outcome paper titled “Politics Trumps Economics – Lessons and experiences on competition and regulatory regimes from developing countries” available at: Politics_Trumps_Economics

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