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Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (August 11–18)

Elizabeth Warren’s new bill seeks to radically alter US corporate governance; America’s top CEOs earned 312 times more than their average workers last year; regulators...

Would Sen. Warner’s Ambitious Plan to Regulate Social Media Giants “Ruin” the Internet—Or Save it?

Sen. Mark Warner’s proposals to regulate social media platforms are by far the most ambitious to come from Congress. We gathered three experts to...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (August 5–11)

Monsanto loses landmark Roundup case; the Sinclair-Tribune merger blows up; Facebook wants your financial data; the historical legacy of the 2008 financial crisis; and...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (July 27–August 4)

Apple hits the coveted $1 trillion mark—thanks to share buybacks; Senator Mark Warner’s proposals to regulate social media platforms make waves; Google is reportedly...

“If You're Running an Authoritarian Government, You Love Facebook"

In a wide-ranging interview with ProMarket, media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan explains why Facebook has become “too big to manage” and why he believes the...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (July 14–21)

The EU’s record-breaking antitrust fine against Google might be too little, too late; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thanks one of his biggest advertisers, President...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (July 7–14)

Brett Kavanaugh is expected to bring his pro-business bent to the Supreme Court; the DOJ is appealing the AT&T-Time Warner merger approval; Britain fines...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (June 8–16)

The AT&T-Time Warner merger is approved, further fueling the media merger frenzy and providing the Second Gilded Age with “another layer of gold”; net...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (May 26–June 2)

Google gives up Project Maven following "terrible" backlash; angry Facebook shareholders demand an end to Mark Zuckerberg's "dictatorship"; American startups are in a 13-year slump; and Italy...

Google and Facebook’s “Kill Zone”: “We've Taken the Focus Off of Rewarding Genius and Innovation to Rewarding Capital and Scale”

A Stigler Center panel explores the implications of tech giants’ dominance on innovation and startups.         Earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joined a growing...

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