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The Curse of Bigness

Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

By Tim Wu
19-minute read
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The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age by Tim Wu

The Curse of Bigness (2018) deals with topics and questions that have become especially pressing in recent times. How and why have markets become dominated by a handful of corporate giants? And what can we do about it? To answer these questions, the author recounts the political, economic and legal history of economic concentration. Along the way, he examines the dangers that come with it, and how they can be mitigated.

  • Citizens worried about unchecked corporate power  
  • People interested in the intersection between politics, economics and law
  • Late-nineteenth and twentieth-century US history buffs

Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School. He was formerly a senior advisor to the US Federal Trade Commission, a senior enforcement counsel at the New York Office of the Attorney General and a member of the Obama administration’s National Economic Council. As a policy advocate, he is best known for the phrase "network neutrality," which he coined in his influential 2003 paper, “Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination.” He is the author of The Master Switch and The Attention Merchants.

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