After having completed my undergraduate studies in Political Science and Economics (BA) at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, I studied for a double degree in International Political Economy and Politics and Public Administration (MA) at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, and the University of Konstanz, Germany. Since October 2016 I am a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Strathclyde’s School of Government and Public Policy (GPP) in Glasgow. As regarding my research interests, I am especially interested into new forms of regulatory governance, such as the governance through independent regulatory agencies (IRAs), and the comparative study of different forms of capitalism.
In my PhD thesis I am examining and comparing competition policy enforcement activities within the European Union (EU). In the EU system of multi-level governance competition policy is enforced simultaneously by the European Commission and national competition authorities. Most studies on regulatory agencies and competition authorities focus, however, on the formal and de facto independence of the agencies from the political process and the regulated industries or, related, their accountability. The actual enforcement activities of competition authorities during the post-delegation phase have received far less attention. In my thesis I attempt to make a contribution towards filling this gap by a comparative study of the enforcement activities of the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority and Germany’s Federal Cartel Office.