Competition Philosophy

Public policies structure markets in ways that can make them open and competitive at one extreme or closed and cornered at the other. The most familiar example are anti-trust laws. But competition policy also includes patent laws, occupational licensing requirements, prohibitions on price discrimination, “net neutrality” regulations, and other policies that set the terms of competition within any market.

Barry Lynn on PBS FRONTLINE: Amazon Empire (02/18/2020)

Date Published: February 18, 2020

“We are not only consumers, we are also citizens,” says Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Open Markets and pioneer in the fight against Amazon. Watch the whole interview on PBS Frontline’s Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos. 

Read the first mainstream media article on Amazon’s threat to book authors and book publishers, by Barry Lynn in 2012, called “Killing the Competition.”

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Q&A with Demos President Sabeel Rahman

Date Published: January 9, 2020

K. Sabeel Rahman, the president of Demos, joined Open Markets researcher Udit Thakur to talk about the pitfalls of managerialism in policy-making, and what a truly democratic think-tank ecosystem might look like.

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Cooperative Enterprise as an Antimonopoly Strategy

Date Published: November 20, 2019

Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan and Nathan Schneider at the University of Colorado published a paper on the Pennsylvania State University Law Review on cooperative enterprise and its place in the antimonopoly tradition. They lay out the advantages of cooperative firms relative to investor-owned corporations and offer ideas on reforming antitrust to protect and promote cooperation.

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Make Antitrust Democratic Again!

Date Published: November 12, 2019

Prof. Sanjukta Paul and Sandeep Vaheesan published a piece on The Nation asserting that the response to the next recession should put economic power back in the hands of the people. “Rebuilding antitrust law is an essential element of the progressive economic policy agenda,” they write. “Antitrust should be part of a suite of reforms in the Green New Deal—something that we sorely need, no matter when or how hard the next recession hits.”

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