Mark Tilton (Ph.D., UC Berkeley), Associate Professor of Political Science, Purdue University; Researcher, Purdue Climate Change Research Center. Among his publications are Restrained Trade: Cartels in Japan’s Basic Materials Industries, “Seeds of an Asian E.U.? Regionalism as a Hedge against the U.S. on Telecommunications Technology in Japan and Germany” and “German-Japanese Climate Change Relations.” He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Hamburg University, the Berlin Social Science Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center, George Washington University, and Northwestern University. He is currently working on renewable energy policy in Japan, France, Germany and the United States.
The study will compare competition policy (a broader term for antitrust policy) in Japan, the U.S., and Germany. It will compare formal policy, policy implementation, and actual competitive practices in industry, and explore what differences in competition have meant for economic growth and openness to trade. Close comparison will be carried out through studies of the auto, electronics, and chemical industries. The study will also look at the historical development of competition policy in the three countries to explain similarities and differences. In particular the study will explore the roles of ideology, interest group pressure, and international ties in shaping competition policy.