The Antitrust Enterprise : Principle and Execution
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.
- Paperback | 376 pages
- 144.78 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
- 22 Apr 2008
- HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge, Mass, United States
- 5 line illustrations
"Hovenkamp defends the antitrust status quo in accessible and wonderfully jargon-free prose. The book succeeds in offering profound insights for antitrust specialists while remaining accessible to lay readers... Regardless of where the law heads next, The Antitrust Enterprise is valuable simply on its own terms - as a compact and authoritative exposition of U. S. antitrust law. It is most interesting, however, as the archetypal defense of this era of antitrust modesty. Only with the benefit of hindsight - perhaps forty or fifty years from now - will scholars be able to understand fully this epoch in context. It is a safe bet, however, that The Antitrust Enterprise will be considered the classic work of this era." - Daniel A. Crane, Michigan Law Review"
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
About Herbert Hovenkamp
Herbert Hovenkamp is Ben V. and Dorothy Willie Professor of Law and History, University of Iowa College of Law.