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University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Monopoly in Chains: Antitrust and the Great A&P

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Award winning author Marc Levinson, whose latest book is The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America has written Monopoly in Chains: Antitrust and the Great A&P

ABSTRACT: U.S. v New York Great Atlantic & Pacific was the climax of decades of effort to cripple chain stores in order to protect mom-and-pop retailers and the companies that supplied them. The principal target was A&P, which was by far the largest retailer in the world. The struggle had less to do with the economics of the grocery trade than with competing visions of society, one favoring the rationalism of cold corporate efficiency as a way to increase wealth and raise living standards, the other harking back to a society of autonomous farmers, craftsmen, and merchants in which personal independence was the source of opportunity and prosperity.

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