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Constructing a Competitive Order : The Hidden History of British Antitrust Policies - Helen Mercer

Constructing a Competitive Order

The Hidden History of British Antitrust Policies

Hardcover Published: 26th May 1995
ISBN: 9780521412926
Number Of Pages: 288

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Businessmen have always had a strong inclination to avoid competition and regulate the market. Helen Mercer traces the evolution of British competition legislation designed to discourage such practices, from 1900 to 1964. Economic and legal textbooks to date attribute the dynamic behind the development of this legislation to an undefined 'public opinion' or to economists. Helen Mercer disagrees. She contends that competition policies have been shaped by the strategies of powerful business interests - at home and in the United States. Trade unions and organisations of labour have provided a consistent pressure on governments to legislate on private monopoly, in the face of sweeping criticisms of free enterprise. This book makes extensive use of archival sources to give a detailed analysis of government-industry relations. In the course of this it sheds new light on Britain's changing industrial structure, and offers pointers to the likely outcome of business regulation in Britain in the future.

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"It is a tribute to Mercer's excellent book that her fine research and careful reasoning furthers our understanding of this complexity, despite her trust in the critical tradition." Business History Review "Of particular interest and importance is Mercer's emphasis on the influence of business and labor leaders in the White Papers leading to the acts and in the evolution of government thinking and policy in encouraging competitive behavior in the business sector. ... Excellent footnotes (49 pages) and bibliography (20 pages); a fine volume for its history of an important policy issue in Britain and as a reference work. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty." Choice

List of tables
List of appendices
Notes on conventions and abbreviations
The British cartel system, 1880-1964
The state and the 'monopoly problem', 1880-1939
The war and the White Paper
The origins of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Act 1948
Interpretation of policy - the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission, 1949-56
The origins of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1956 - a reinterpretation
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ISBN: 9780521412926
ISBN-10: 0521412927
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th May 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 16.0  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5

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