Alfred Kahn as a Case Study of a Political Entrepreneur:
An Essay in Honor of His 90th Birthday

Journal Network Economics, 2009

13 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2008  

Phil Weiser

University of Colorado Law School

Abstract

The success of airline deregulation challenged the claims of public choice theory, which asserts that regulation serves the purposes of the regulated firms themselves. One prominent explanation for airline deregulation is that "political entrepreneurs" can, under certain circumstances, challenge the status quo. Nonetheless, commentators have failed to examine how Fred Kahn fits the model of a political entrepreneur. By examining Kahn's success as a political entrepreneur, this Essay highlights how commentators and policymakers can gain important insights into how to spur regulatory reform and oversee regulatory reform efforts like that necessary to modernize our system of spectrum management.

Keywords: Alfred Kahn, Civil Aeronautics Board, CAB, political entrepreneur, spectrum policy, public choice theory

JEL Classification: D73, D78, K23, L51, L71, L96

Suggested Citation

Weiser, Phil, Alfred Kahn as a Case Study of a Political Entrepreneur: An Essay in Honor of His 90th Birthday. Journal Network Economics, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1263148

Phil Weiser (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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