There are many debates in the antitrust world today, but none is as fundamental as the discussion over the core purpose of antitrust. Should antitrust law be solely concerned with economic efficiency, or is it also a tool for upholding and promoting our democratic political values? Spencer Waller, law professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Geoffrey Manne, founder of the International Center for Law and Economics, debate this important question with hosts Sergei Zaslavsky and Melissa Maxman. Listen to this episode to hear competing perspectives on such key issues as the connection between economic and political power, the proper role of different branches of government in shaping antitrust policy, and much more.
Spencer Waller, John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Geoffrey Manne, Founder and President of International Center for Law and Economics
Harry First and Spencer Weber Waller, Antitrust’s Democracy Deficit, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 2543 (2013)
Antitrust and Democracy by Spencer Weber Waller :: SSRN
Geoffrey Manne & Alec Stapp, Does Political Power Follow Economic Power? (Dec. 30, 2019)
Sergei Zaslavsky, O’Melveny & Myers and Melissa Maxman, Cohen & Gresser