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A Must Read for the Summer

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In his last paper, Dan Sokol (Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog) finds evidence that there was no significant reduction in merger enforcement under Bush. 

In addition to this, Dan provides citations to a relevant Simpsons episode, post-modernist philosopher Michel Foucault, and 80s’ rock band Wang-Chung along with the usual antitrust suspects in law and economics.

Below the abstract, and a link here to the paper.

ABSTRACT: This article provides a descriptive, analytical overview of the various institutions to better frame the larger institutional interrelations for a comparative institutional analysis. In the next Part it examines mergers as a case study of how one might apply antitrust institutional analysis across these different kinds and levels of antitrust institutions. The Article utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods based on survey data of antitrust practitioners on merger issues to better understand institutional choice and the decision-making process. The surveys reveal results that run counter to the popular antitrust discourse about the level of merger enforcement under Bush. Slightly more than half of all practitioners surveyed found no change in merger enforcement under Bush in their own practice and the vast majority of the rest found a change in enforcement to be merely at the margins. The Article concludes with observations from the case study and appeals for more theoretical and empirical works in antitrust institutional analysis.

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Written by Nicolas Petit

23 June 2010 at 3:14 pm