The new Brandeis movement and international antitrust enforcement

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US competition authorities’ top officials, being appointed by a recently-elected president to represent the will of the voters, have the legitimacy to use antitrust enforcement to achieve an abundance of societal goals. Enforcers in many other countries, who are more akin to career civil servants, do not. Forcing them to balance between non-efficiency-based goals may risk their independence from political meddling in their decisions.