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Capacity Building in New Competition Systems William E. Kovacic George Washington University Law School CUTS International 30 th Anniversary Lecture Washington,

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1 Capacity Building in New Competition Systems William E. Kovacic George Washington University Law School CUTS International 30 th Anniversary Lecture Washington, D.C., 23 September 2013

2 This Evenings Agenda Necessary Capacity – Emphasis here: human capital Building It: What Works, What Needs Work Contributions of CUTS Contact:

3 Capacity: Six Types of Knowledge Concepts of Competition Law and Economics The Local Economy and Business Skills Training Agency Administration Agency Leadership Competition System Life Cycle Phenomena

4 Concepts Competition Law – Goals – Substantive Commands – Tradeoffs and choices in the national statute Industrial Organization Economics

5 Local Economy and Business General Economic Conditions Sector-Specific Knowledge Firm Behavior

6 Skills Training Case Development and Management – Investigation methods: e.g., interviews, – Drafting legal instruments: complaints, orders – Analysis, testing, presentation of evidence Advocacy and Report Writing

7 Agency Administration Organization Human Resources Information Management Ethics and Conflicts Confidentiality and Disclosure Public Relations Evaluation

8 Leadership Strategy Priorities Outreach Interaction with the Political Process Relations with Other Government Agencies Special Case: Multi-member Governance

9 Life Cycles: What to Expect and How to Deal With It Predictable Phenomena – Challenges to authority – Staff turnover – Transitional discontinuities Realistic Expectations Measurement Benchmarks

10 Capacity: How to Build It Hits – Link aid to needs – Long term engagement – Right Team Relevant experience Local knowledge Similar conditions Suitable personality – Local co-production – Small group discussion Misses – Off the rack programs – Unconnected one offs – The wrong team Rookies, out of position Foreign orientation only Unrelated conditions Personality mismatch – External advisors only – Giant conferences

11 Trends Whats Getting Better – Project Design Longer term view More follow up Better benchmarking – Teaching materials – Practical orientation – Regional specialization – Focus on sensitive issues – Linking experience bases What Needs Work – Donor cooperation Schedules Projects Outcomes Credit-claiming – Choice of advisors – Institutional memory – Using local knowledge

12 CUTS: Contributions Microeconomic Research Projects Attention to Local Conditions Long-Term Engagement Invoking Comparative Perspectives


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