Shifting Toward Technocracy

Daniel A. Crane

in The Institutional Structure of Antitrust Enforcement

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195372656
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199893287 | DOI:
Shifting Toward Technocracy

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This chapter describes antitrust's 20th-century shift towards “technocracy”. This shift was considered dramatic, but only partial, as it disappeared from the public's imagination and lost the interest of political leaders, but through daily implementation it once again became the province of bureaucrats and private sector specialists. There were relatively few formal changes in the institutional infrastructure of antitrust that gave it reason to retain its populist institutions, even while shifting on an ideological level toward technocracy. This shift has important implications for the functioning of antitrust's institutions as well as the possible direction of future development.

Keywords: antitrust; technocracy; dramatic; implementation; bureaucrats; private sector; infrastructure; populist institutions

Chapter.  9331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Competition Law

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