Encouraging policy convergence while enhancing inclusive membership? A challenge for the ICN as a transgovernmental network

Hikaru Yoshizawa

The International Competition Network (ICN), which is an unofficial global network of competition authorities, promotes the international convergence of competition law and policy. The article examines how this emerging network accommodates increasing diversity among its members. Drawing on key publications of the ICN and secondary sources, the article reveals core elements of the ICN’s ‘benchmarking’ strategy for regulatory convergence among its heterogeneous members. Theoretically, the article contributes to the literature on international public policies by identifying major factors which facilitate international policy convergence even in the absence of a rigorous implementation mechanism based on hard law.

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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.