The Evolution of American Antitrust Policies

  • Eleonora Poli
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter aims to offer an historical illustration of the evolution of American antitrust following the pan-institutional model hitherto presented. Since the beginning of the 20th century, American presidential administrations have been enforcing various antitrust approaches through the appointment of ad hoc experts at the head of the Federal Trade Commission and/or the Antitrust Division. By acting as a sort of issue network, this group favoured the translation of particular antitrust ideas into institutionalised policies, regulations and practices in order to overcome economic downturns and address business needs.


Gross Domestic Product Federal Trade Commission Chicago School Merger Control Antitrust Policy 
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© Eleonora Poli 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleonora Poli
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  1. 1.Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)Italy
  2. 2.City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC)City University LondonUK

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