The Antitrust Enterprise: Principle and Execution

The Antitrust Enterprise: Principle and Execution

by Herbert Hovenkamp
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674027418

ISBN-13: 9780674027411

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard University Press

After thirty years, the debate over antitrust's ideology has quieted. Most now agree that the protection of consumer welfare should be the only goal of antitrust laws. Execution, however, is another matter. The rules of antitrust remain unfocused, insufficiently precise, and excessively complex. The problem of poorly designed rules is severe, because in the short

Overview

After thirty years, the debate over antitrust's ideology has quieted. Most now agree that the protection of consumer welfare should be the only goal of antitrust laws. Execution, however, is another matter. The rules of antitrust remain unfocused, insufficiently precise, and excessively complex. The problem of poorly designed rules is severe, because in the short run rules weigh much more heavily than principles. At bottom, antitrust is a defensible enterprise only if it can make the microeconomy work better, after accounting for the considerable costs of operating the system.

The Antitrust Enterprise is the first authoritative and compact exposition of antitrust law since Robert Bork's classic The Antitrust Paradox was published more than thirty years ago. It confronts not only the problems of poorly designed, overly complex, and inconsistent antitrust rules but also the current disarray of antitrust's rule of reason, offering a coherent and workable set of solutions. The result is an antitrust policy that is faithful to the consumer welfare principle but that is also more readily manageable by the federal courts and other antitrust tribunals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674027411
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Part I. Limits and Possibilities

1. The Legal and Economic Structure of the Antitrust Laws

2. The Design of Antitrust Rules

3. The Promises and Hazards of Private Antitrust Enforcement

4. Expert Testimony and the Predicament of Antitrust Fact Finding

Part II. Traditional Antitrust Rules

5. Unreasonable Exercises of Market Power

6. Combinations of Competitors

7. Dominant Firms and Exclusionary Practices

8. Antitrust and Distribution

9. The National Policy on Business Mergers

Part III. Regulation, Innovation, and Connectivity

10. Antitrust under Regulation and Deregulation

11. The Conflict between Antitrust and Intellectual Property Rights

12. Network Industries and Computer Platform Monopoly

Epilogue: Antitrust Reform

Notes

Index

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