Monday, May 3, 2010
Designing Antitrust Agencies for More Effective Outcomes: What Antitrust Can Learn From Restaurant Guides
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
D. Daniel Sokol (University of Florida - Law) has posted a symposium essay Designing Antitrust Agencies for More Effective Outcomes: What Antitrust Can Learn From Restaurant Guides. It is probably the only antitrust article ever that describes the Areeda-Hovenkamp treatise in the context of Chicago deep dish pizza. Given the recent focus of the ICN on institution building, I think that this essay has some potential policy impact.
ABSTRACT: Antitrust policy should be concerned with the quality and effectiveness of the antitrust system. Some efforts at agency effectiveness include self-study of antitrust agencies to determine the factors that lead to improving agency quality. Such studies, however, often focus only on enforcement decisions and other agency initiatives such as competition advocacy. They do not reflect at least one other part of the equation: what do non-government users of the antitrust system think about the quality of antitrust agencies? This Symposium Essay advocates the use of a ratings guide by antitrust practitioners for antitrust agencies to add to the tools in which to measure agency effectiveness for both mature and emerging antitrust agencies.