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By Wyatt Wells

ISBN-10: 023112399X

ISBN-13: 9780231123990

At the present time antitrust legislation shapes the coverage of just about each huge corporation, regardless of the place founded. yet this wasn´t continuously the case. prior to global warfare II, the legislation of such a lot commercial nations tolerated or even inspired cartels, while American statutes banned them. within the wake of global warfare II, the USA dedicated enormous assets to development a liberal monetary order, which Washington believed used to be essential to maintaining not just prosperity but additionally peace after the struggle. Antitrust used to be a cornerstone of that coverage. This attention-grabbing publication exhibits how the USA sought to impose -and with what effects -its antitrust coverage on different countries, particularly in Europe and Japan. Wyatt Wells chronicles how the assault on cartels and monopoly out of the country affected every little thing from power coverage and exchange negotiations to the profession of Germany and Japan. He exhibits how a small crew of zealots led by means of Thurman Arnold, who grew to become head of the Justice Department´s Antitrust department in 1938, specified cartels and massive businesses in the course of the international: IG Farben of Germany, Mitsui and Mitsubishi of Japan, Imperial Chemical Industries of england, Philips of the Netherlands, DuPont and common electrical of the U.S., and extra. Wells brilliantly exhibits how thus, the architects of the postwar economic climate -notably Lucius Clay, John McCloy, William Clayton, Jean Monnet, and Ludwig Erhard -uncoupled political ideology from antitrust coverage, reworking Arnold's attempt right into a capability to advertise enterprise potency and inspire pageant.

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Companies in these fields responded by devising complex webs of agreements that exchanged patent rights and other technical know-how and limited competition. Though rarely as lopsided as Phoebus, these accords did not treat all signatories equally. Firms with choice patents and superior research establishments usually imposed their wills on their weaker brethren. A company might force a better deal. 57 Such promotion did not come easily, however. 58 In the 1920s and 1930s, the makers of tires and other rubber goods used natural latex tapped from rubber trees grown largely on hundreds of plantations scattered throughout Southeast Asia.

Technology drove these industries, and each company wanted access to the discoveries of its competitors. The cost of inventing and bringing to market a new product could be huge. 56 Firms sought to spread the cost of such ventures. Finally, the disruption of World War I had left some of these industries, such as dyestuffs and lightbulbs, with considerable excess capacity. Companies in these fields responded by devising complex webs of agreements that exchanged patent rights and other technical know-how and limited competition.

By the 1930s, most in the United States took the antitrust laws for granted, considering them as part of an “American way” that tolerated big business but preserved a measure of competition among even the largest firms. For most Americans, the status of cartels was part of a larger constellation of issues involving the place of big business in society. S. economy had changed radically. Before 1850, a complex network of independent merchants, most of whom employed no more than a handful of clerks and did business only in a limited geographic area, managed the flow of goods through the economy.

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