Summary of Antitrust's Unconventional Politics

Looking for the report?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 5 minutes.

Antitrust's Unconventional Politics summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans

Rating

7 Overall

8 Importance

8 Innovation

6 Style


Recommendation

With the emergence of technology giants such as Facebook and Google, concern grows that such companies may be abusing their prominent market positions. If so, should government invoke antimonopoly laws on these behemoths? Professor Daniel A. Crane delves into the historical basis of US antitrust law and provides perspective on why no clear left–right ideological divide exists when it comes to antitrust matters. Crane’s insightful and scholarly work merits the attention of policy makers, lawyers and executives.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why no clear left–right ideological divide exists when it comes to antitrust regulation, 

  • How attitudes about antitrust rules have developed historically in the United States and 

  • Why there may be scope currently for government to invoke antitrust provisions.

 

About the Author

Daniel A. Crane is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

 

Summary

US antitrust law is in a state of flux, with both the political left and right calling for reform. Democrats demand that antitrust regulation expand to encompass issues like “employment, wealth inequality, data privacy and security, and democratic values.” President Donald Trump, a Republican, has criticized the consolidation of media platforms, and many conservatives are calling for the use of antitrust provisions to curtail the power of technology companies. All this contrasts with the popular perception that conservatives abhor antitrust rules and liberals welcome them. Three tensions relating to antitrust thinking provide insights into what appear to be philosophical shifts from the left and the right: 


More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

A Policy at Peace with Itself
A Policy at Peace with Itself
9
The Vanishing American Corporation
The Vanishing American Corporation
9
The American Economy Is Rigged
The American Economy Is Rigged
8
Bloodsport
Bloodsport
9
The Son Kingdom
The Son Kingdom
8
People Get Ready
People Get Ready
8

Related Channels

Comment on this summary