Hikaru YOSHIZAWA (吉沢 晃)
The International Dimension of EU Competition Policy: Does Regional Supranational Regulation Hinder Protectionism?
Doing research as a doctoral fellow of the EM GEM community is a challenging and stimulating task. While this 3-year-long PhD program is highly intensive and demanding, GEM member institutions with globally recognized researching / teaching staff provide us fellows with excellent supports. This program is multi-disciplinary, and people naturally have really 'diverse' interests. However, I believe that we share a basic perspective, communicate and stimulate each other, and therefore remain 'united' - in EU terms.
October 2011 to the present
GEM PhD School doctoral fellow at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) (2011-2012; 2013-2014) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) (2012-2013).
October 2010 - February 2012
MSc European Governance, University of Bristol (UK).
Thesis title:'Consumer Involvement and the Legitimacy of EU Competition Policy: towards democratic and regulatory governance?'
April 2008 - March 2010
MA Global Political Economy, Waseda University (Japan)
Thesis title:'The European Union as an International Actor in Competition Policy: the extraterritorial use of merger regulation and political conflicts'
Qualification: a graduate certificate of completion of EU/European Integration Studies awarded by EUIJ Waseda
April 2004 - March 2008
BA Political Science, Waseda University (Japan).
Thesis:'The Failure of the ITO Plan and the GATT: The process of post-war international trade regime creation'
Specific Research Title, Area and Promotor(s)
The international dimension of EU competition policy. Specifically, (i) supranationality of EU competition policy (ii) tensions between competition policy and industrial policy at national and European levels (iii) the concept of strategic competition policy and its limits (iv) EU's regulatory power in this policy domain on the global scale.
Apart from the PhD project, I am also interested in the relationship between ever growing consumer involvement and the legitimacy of EU competition policy.
My disciplinary backgrounds are EU studies, International/Global Political Economy and International Relations.
Professor Janine Goetschy (ULB and CNRS)
Professor René Schwok (UNIGE)
Description of research work
My research attempts to explain the external dimension of EU competition policy without overlooking its internal dynamism. First, I problematize the potential tension between goals of competition promotion and competitiveness enhancement, and then critically analyze the idea of strategic competition policy, while developing a new model based on the theory of regulatory state and others.
Participation in Conferences and Seminars
9 November 2014
'Strategic or Stringent? Understanding the Nationality Blindness of EU Competition Policy from the Regulatory State Perspective', presented at 35th Annual Conference of EUSA-Japan, Rissho University, Tokyo.
4 September 2014
'The normative aspect of the externalization of EU competition policy: Promoting regulatory capitalism in Asia?', presented at 'Workshop One: Normative Power Europe: EU in Asia', Global Europe Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury.
24 May 2014
''Strategic or stringent? Theorizing the international dimension of EU competition policy', presented at conference 'The European Union in International Affairs IV', The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB), Brussels.
27 March 2014
'How does the ICN accommodate its increasing diversity? Putting benchmarking into practice', presented at ISA 55th Annual Convention, Panel 'From Rule-takers to Rule-makers? Emerging Powers in the Regulation of Global Competition', Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto.
7 March 2014
'How does the ICN accommodate its increasing diversity? Putting benchmarking into practice', presented at workshop 'Power shifts in global trade regulation: patterns of influence, contestation and accommodation', University of Lucerne, Lucerne.
20 January 2014
'Strategic or stringent? Theorizing the international dimension of EU competition policy', presented at workshop 'External EU Governance in Competition Policy', IEE ULB, Brussels.
19 September 2013
'Encouraging policy convergence while enhancing diversity? A challenge for the ICN as a transgovernmental network', presented at GR:EEN Junior Researchers Workshop, 'Transnational Policy Networks in Theory and in Practice', UNU-CRIS, Bruges.
10 July 2013
'EU competition policy and protectionism', presented at PhD Workshop, 'EU competition policy: Work in Progress', University of Utrecht, Utrecht.
9 July 2013
'Towards Regulatory and yet Democratic Governance? Consumer Involvement and the Legitimacy of EU Competition Policy', presented at 14th UACES Student Forum Research Conference, 'Evolving Europe: Voices of the Future', Loughborough University, Loughborough. Full paper is available at: <http://www.uaces.org/archive/papers/abstract.php?paper_id=637>.
21 June 2013
'Roundtable 1 Background Note: How does the ICN accommodate its increasing diversity? Putting benchmarking into practice', presented at 2nd AGORA Forum, 'Modelling & Measuring Regional Leadership', Free University of Brussels (ULB), Brussels. Full paper is available at:
24 August 2012
'Multilateral Cooperation in the Competition Issue in the Emerging Multipolar World: Is the soft convergence approach an Intermediary?', presented at GR:EEN-GEM PhD Summer School 'Squaring Multilateralism and Multipolarity: Mulilateralizing the Emerging Multipolar World: Trends and Challenges', Fudan University, Shanghai.
26 March 2012
'Relational and Structural Power of EU Competition Policy: qualitative and quantitative indicators', presented at GR:EEN Workshop 'Quantitative Indicators of European Power', College of Europe, Bruges.
9 February 2012
''The International Dimension of EU Competition Policy: Does Regional Supranational Regulation Hinder Protectionism?', presented at the GEM PhD School Annual Conference, University of Geneva, Geneva.
14 May 2010
‘Has the EU Become a Full-fledged International Actor in Competition Policy? The case of merger and cartel control’, presented at Workshop on European Integration Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo.
Overview of Publications
(2015) 'Strategic or Stringent? Understanding the Nationality Blindness of EU Competition Policy from the Regulatory State Perspective', EU Studies in Japan, Vol. 35, pp. 204-225.
*Table of contents of the volume: <http://www.yuhikaku.co.jp/books/detail/9784641299917>
(2012) 'The Relational and Structural Power of the EU in Competition Policy: Addressing Asymmetry', GR:EEN-GEM Doctoral Working Papers Series, Vol. 3, available at <http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr/green/papers/workingpapers/gem/no._3_hikaru_y.pdf>.
(2012) 'How does the ICN accommodate its increasing diversity? Putting benchmarking into practice', GR:EEN-GEM Doctoral Working Papers Series, Vol. 4, available at <http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/csgr/green/papers/workingpapers/gem/no._4_hikaru_summer_school_paper_for_green_gem_working_paper_15nov2012.pdf>.
(Forthcoming) 'EU solidarity in competition policy', in Koji Fukuda (ed.) EU Solidarity and Social Risk Governance.
(2015) Book review of Hubert Zimmerman and Andreas Dür (eds.) (2012) Key Controversies in European Integration, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Political Studies Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, p. 308.
(2015) Book review of Philipp Genschel and Markus Jachtenfuchs (eds.) (2014) Beyond the Regulatory Polity? The European Integration of Core State Powers, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53, No. 1, p. 181, available at <http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcms.12210_10/abstract>.
(2014) Book review of Mario Telò and Frederik Ponjaert (eds.) (2013) The EU’s Foreign Policy: What Kind of Power and Diplomatic Action?, Surrey: Ashgate, Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol. 10, No. 4, 518-520, available at <http://www.jcer.net/index.php/jcer/article/view/611/485>.
(2013) Book review of Vassilis Hatzopoulos (2012) Regulating Services in the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 51, No. 5, p. 988, available at <http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcms.12046_10/abstract>.