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Constructing a Competitive Order
The Hidden History of British Antitrust Policies

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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120050

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  • Business people have always had a strong inclination to avoid competition and regulate the market. In Constructing a Competitive Order, Helen Mercer presents a new interpretation of the evolution of British competition legislation from 1900 to 1964. She uses archival sources to give a detailed analysis of government-industry relations and shows how competition policies have been shaped by the strategies of powerful business interests. Throughout the book, she 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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120050
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of appendices
    Notes on conventions and abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2 The British cartel system, 1880–1964
    3. The state and the 'monopoly problem', 1880–1939
    4. The war and the White Paper
    5. The origins of the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Act 1948
    6. Interpretation of policy - the Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission, 1949–56
    7. The origins of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1956 - a reinterpretation
    8. Resale price maintenance
    9. Conclusions

  • Author

    Helen Mercer, University of Glasgow

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