Terms and Premises of Regional Competition Law Enforcement
Clearly, the institutional design of a RTA does not constitute the only factor that determines the success of regional competition law enforcement. General enforcement difficulties related to economical, socio-cultural or political parameters have an essential impact. Yet the correlation between these prevailing circumstances and a certain institutional design cannot be neglected, as institutions do not constitute abstract and isolated constructs. Rather, institutions can be defined as a set of rules that set a standard of behaviour for the members of a society. On the other hand, organizations are groups of individuals that follow a common purpose in order to reach a common goal. Organizations, such as public agencies, are created in order to render these institutions effective and to enforce the set of rules. The interplay of both determines the framework of rules for members in a society. Institutions and their particular design are thus entwined with a society and its members: on the one hand they are defined by the society’s purpose and on the other hand they set the rules for the society.