Can Competition Law Save Democracy? Reflections on Democracy's Tech-Driven Decline and How to Stop It

17 Pages Posted: 17 May 2024

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Ariel Ezrachi

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Viktoria H.S.E. Robertson

Vienna University of Economics and Business; The Competition Law Hub

Date Written: May 16, 2024

Abstract

Digital technologies and platforms have brought much-needed plurality to communications and the press, but have also opened the door to increased manipulation, misinformation, and distortion in the marketplace of ideas. The worrying erosion of citizens’ autonomy has progressively intensified with the evolution of certain business models. This paper explores the ways in which the digital economy contributes to distortion of information, and the role competition law may play in safeguarding democracy.

Keywords: JEL Codes: L12, L13, L43 Competition law, Democracy, Online Platforms, Ecosystems, Autonomy

JEL Classification: K21

Suggested Citation

Ezrachi, Ariel and Robertson, Viktoria H.S.E., Can Competition Law Save Democracy? Reflections on Democracy's Tech-Driven Decline and How to Stop It (May 16, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4830305 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4830305

Ariel Ezrachi

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oxford
United Kingdom

Viktoria H.S.E. Robertson (Contact Author)

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

HOME PAGE: http://www.wu.ac.at/en/complaw/

The Competition Law Hub ( email )

Austria

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