The Relationship between Policymakers and the Competition Agency

The nature of the relationship between competition authorities and policymakers is defined by a variety of factors; in some cases agencies may play a direct role in the policy review process, whereas in other cases agencies may play a more general and indirect role. The level of consistency at which an Agency participates in policy review may be defined by the depth and degree of the Agency-Government relationship; and the capacity and resource constraints may limit the extent to which agency may engage in policy review.

Two characteristics of competition agencies are important in setting the tone for their relationship with other agencies and government departments:

  • Impartiality: establishes the credibility of the agency as a source of expertise in policy forums.
  • Rationality: competition authorities should always clearly set out their recommendations to policymakers in a reasoned and analytical manner. This will improve transparency by holding decision makers accountable for their decisions.