Antitrust and the Bounds of Power: The Dilemma of Liberal Democracy in the History of the Market

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – October 1997
Since it first came into existence, antitrust law has become progressively more technical both in its form and in its manner of enforcement. Yet technicalities and doctrines give covert and not neutral solutions to a crucial dilemma which is of fundamental importance: how much private power is needed to preserve economic freedom from the intrusion of public power, and how much public power is needed to prevent private power becoming a threat to the freedom of others?In this lucidly written and challenging book, Giuliano Amato draws on his wide experience to examine the character of this dilemma and the way in which it has been addressed by legislatures and courts in the US and in Europe. His observations on the history and the doctrines of antitrust law and his conclusions as to how successfully the dilemma is being managed by the super economies of Europe and the US challenge conventional thinking. They will also stimulate economists and lawyers as well as business and lay people to consider more closely the future of antitrust laws across the globe.
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ISBN-13: 9781901362299
ISBN-10: 1901362299
Pagini: 154
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 12 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Hart Publishing
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Since coming into existence, antitrust law has become progressively more technical. In this lucid and challenging book, Giuliano Amato examines the dilemma that underlies the doctrines, and the way in which it has been addressed in the US and Europe.

Notă biografică

Giuliano Amato is Head of the Italian Antitrust Authority, Professor of Law at the European University Institute in Florence and a former Prime Minister of Italy.


Antitrust: IntroductionPart I - Technical Profiles: the USA1. Protection of competition or of freedom of contract?2. Today's Subtle WeaponsPart II - Technical Profiles: Europe3. The Heritage of History4. "Restrictive" Agreements5. Abuse of a Dominant Position6. Prohibitions of Dominant PositionPart III - Antitrust and the Bounds of Power7. Drawing together the threads8. The Dilemma of Liberal Democracy


The text of this important book is lucid and the interesting analysis - political, economic and legal - is clearly stated. The citations of legal and economic literature are well chosen. Professor Amato's perceptive thoughts on the differences between US and EC competition law and their philosophical development are warmly welcomed.
... this book is in my view essential reading for anybody interested in antitrust practice and policy
The book is well written and develops a number of challenging ideas in an accessible way...Its major strength is in the depth of the research and the copious references...As a concise history of antitrust laws, the book is indispensable. The ideas which it develops are challenging and serve as a valuable balance to the mass of economic analysis which purports to explain antitrust.