Anselm Küsters: Answering Bork with Distant Reading: A Corpus-Linguistic Analysis of EU Competition Law and Policy (1961-2021)

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In an often-quoted passage from his magnus opus The Antitrust Paradox, Robert Bork underscored the role of objectives, ideas, and beliefs behind the operation of any competition law system: ‘Antitrust policy,’ Bork wrote, ‘cannot be made rational until we are able to give a firm answer to one question: What is the point of the law – what are its goals? Everything else follows from the answer we give.’ This paper answers Bork’s question for the European case by analysing all 11,000 European co...

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