This seminar explores the connections between the laws that govern market structure and democratic theory across different industries. We will look at the political component of antitrust rules, banking competition rules, and media concentration rules, and explore the democratic theories that underpin these arguments.
The course will be heavily theoretical, focused on understanding the nature of political theory that is often hidden in non-political laws. We will read key cases where courts have used or rejected political arguments about antitrust and other market structure rules. We will also read contemporary political critiques of industry concentration in banking, cable, search, and social media.