Date of Defense



Finance and Commercial Law

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gossman

Second Advisor

Dr. Peter Renstrom

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter Kobrak


Over the past 104 years, both business and government looked to the antitrust laws to determine guidelines for proper business conduct. Unfortunately for business, the U.S. government controls both the interpretation and enforcement level of these laws. With each new judge or new administration, the antitrust laws adopt a different meaning and level of importance. As President Clinton completes his second year in the White House, businessmen must wait in anticipation over what level of enforcement Mr. Clinton will choose for antitrust. While Mr. Clinton's predecessors, the Reagan and Bush administrations, chose to support deregulation and held a high level of tolerance for vertical restraints of trade, Mr. Clinton's administration appears to advocate a completely different view, favoring a total resurrection of the antitrust laws. In fact, Mr. Clinton's Deputy Attorney General for Antitrust, Anne K. Bingaman, has openly supported a tightening of antitrust standards for enforcement.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only