International Relations Professor to Discuss Policy and Regulatory Issues at Global Conference

Raju Parakkal, Ph.D., will speak at the Competition, Regulation and Development Conference in India.

Raju Parakkal, Ph.D., will speak at the Competition, Regulation and Development Conference in India.

Raju Parakkal, Ph.D., associate professor of international relations at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will speak in November in Jaipur, India, at the Competition, Regulation and Development Conference of Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International, one of the leading policy research and advocacy organizations in India.

The international conference will focus on a wide range of technical matters related to innovation and competition. It attracts scholars, academics, practitioners, policymakers and businesspeople from around the world.

Dr. Parakkal will discuss building organizational capacities for tackling policy and regulatory uncertainty. In particular, he will focus on developing nations as they shift to an increasingly investment-friendly growth model where regulators have to protect the ability of new firms to enter the markets and ensure their incentives to invest aren’t derailed.

Supported by the University’s Faculty Research, Scholarship and Practice-Based Project Grant, Dr. Parakkal traveled to India this past summer to conduct fieldwork for his book project, “The Globalization of Antitrust Laws: Developing Countries and Enthusiastic Acquiescence.”

“The research and interviews helped me to better understand at close quarters the nuances and intricacies involved in the policy and regulatory processes in the Indian political economy, particularly India’s antitrust environment,” he said.

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