The Tragedy of the Successful Firm

Antitrust Chronicle 2018, Summer 2018, Volume 1, Number 3

8 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2018

Date Written: September 21, 2018


Twenty years after the emergence of platform literature antitrust courts and authorities still face formidable challenges in deciphering platform business models. The latest two Google cases (Google Search, Google Android) highlight the schism between what firms consider an innovative business plan and what the law is ready to accept. Noting the schism, this article focuses on a number of points that European competition law needs to address to better reconcile business practice with antitrust legal analysis with the view to enable successful firms to operate without fear of punitive enforcement.

Keywords: platform, special responsibility, systemic efficiencies, vertical competition, platform competition, Android, Google Search, Microsoft

Suggested Citation

Stylianou, Konstantinos, The Tragedy of the Successful Firm (September 21, 2018). Antitrust Chronicle 2018, Summer 2018, Volume 1, Number 3 , Available at SSRN: or

Konstantinos Stylianou (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - School of Law ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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