Antitrust and the Formation of the Postwar World

Antitrust and the Formation of the Postwar World

by Wyatt Wells

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In the wake of World War II, the United States devoted considerable resources to building a liberal economic order, which Washington believed was necessary to preserving not only prosperity but also peace after the war, and antitrust was a cornerstone of that policy. This fascinating book shows how the United States sought to impose its antitrust policy on other nations, especially in Europe and Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231123990
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/09/2003
Series: Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wyatt Wells is associate professor of history at Auburn University at Montgomery. He is the author of Economist in an Uncertain World: Arthur F. Burns and the Federal Reserve, 1970-1978.

Table of Contents

1.The Cartel Ideal4
2.The Context of Antitrust27
3.Reform versus Mobilization43
4.Making the World Safe for Competition90
5.Among Unbelievers: Antitrust in Germany and Japan137
6.The New Order in Practice: The Cases of Oil and Steel187
Essay on Sources257

What People are Saying About This

Donald T. Critchlow

A rich sweeping history of the cartel problem.... A first-rate book that will be of interest to policymakers, scholars, and business leaders as they enter into the global economy in the twenty-first century.

Tom Schwartz

This book is essential reading for those interested in how the United States sought to transform the international economy in its own image, a mission whose impact still reverberates in today's world.

Thomas McCraw

With style and verve, Wells sheds much-needed light on a murky, widely misunderstood, but vital subject. With an insight and thoroughness seldom encountered in histories of international cartels, he probes the underlying logic that led to their creation and persistence. This is a book that will become the standard in its field.

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