41 Antitrust Bull. 1 (1996)

handle is hein.journals/antibull41 and id is 1 raw text is: The Antitrust Bulletin/Spring 1996

Antitrust under the watchful eye
of a conservative Congress
BY DEBORAH K. OWEN*
Commitment to the fundamental principles underlying our federal
antitrust laws has been blessedly bipartisan. Since Theodore Roo-
sevelt embraced the Sherman Act, the antitrust laws have been
enforced with great vigor, both by Democratic and Republican
administrations, and on the legislative front, both parties have
claimed credit for various initiatives, as well as intense oversight.
This being the case, is there really, then, anything to discuss
with respect to the impact of the stunning election of 1994 on the
shaping and implementation of the federal antitrust laws? I would
argue in the affirmative, and quite emphatically. The issue is not
one of party, but indeed of philosophy concerning the role of the
government with respect to business, and more importantly, the
creative individual.
* Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Arent Fox Kintner
Plotkin & Kahn, and a former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Com-
mission.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This article was prepared for a symposium on antitrust
policy for the Western Economic Association, 70th Annual Conference in
San Diego, California, on July 5-9, 1995, in a session cosponsored by
the Antitrust Bulletin.

@ 1996 by Federal Legal Publications, Inc.

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