Finding Common Ground Among Antitrust Reformers

48 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2022 Last revised: 5 Dec 2022

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Jonathan B. Baker

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: June 20, 2022


This forthcoming article explains why antimonopolists (neoBrandeisians) and post-Chicagoans (centrist reformers) should work together to advance both groups’ goals. Doing so is likely a prerequisite for assembling a successful political coalition and mobilizing a broad range of support for antitrust reform. To place in context the views of the leading camps in today’s antitrust policy debate, the article explains how modern antitrust was adopted in the 1940s as part of a broader effort to support inclusive economic growth, how that approach to economic regulatory policy was modified in the 1980s, and why that approach is under pressure today. The article also describes the neoBrandeisian intellectual framework and policy positions, and points out where they differ from the centrist reform perspective. With that background, the article explains why the antimonopolist camp and the centrist reform camp should work together, identifies fault lines they must navigate in order to do so, and identifies areas of potential common interest.

Keywords: antitrust

JEL Classification: K21

Suggested Citation

Baker, Jonathan B., Finding Common Ground Among Antitrust Reformers (June 20, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

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