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Past, Present, And Future Of Antitrust Enforcement At The Federal Trade Commission, Robert Pitofsky Jan 2005

Past, Present, And Future Of Antitrust Enforcement At The Federal Trade Commission, Robert Pitofsky

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The period from 1970 to the present - roughly a third of a century - has witnessed profound changes in the quality of regulation at the Federal Trade Commission and a remarkable convergence of antitrust enforcement policy between left and right, and between primarily legal as opposed to primarily economic approaches. With respect to substantive law, areas of intellectual debate and uncertainty remain, but viewpoint differences that existed between the 1960s and the 1980s are today vastly reduced. In the 1960s, emphasis was on populist values, hostility to "Bigness," protection of competitors (especially small business) as opposed to the competitive …