Scientists Meet Scientists – TUM-IAS Wednesday Coffee Talk by Prof. Kathleen Thelen: “American Retail Capitalism and the Rise of the Amazon Economy”

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On July 12, 2023, Prof. Kathleen Thelen (MIT / Hans Fischer Senior Fellow) will talk about American Retail Capitalism and the Rise of the Amazon Economy.

Abstract: In this work, Thelen traces the origins of the Amazon economy to the late 19C as large-scale retailers capitalized on the uniquely permissive regulatory landscape of the American political economy to outgrow the capacity of the government to regulate them. Thelen’s explanation focuses on features of the legal context, in particular a uniquely congenial competition regime, and on the impact of a fragmented regulatory landscape that invited regulatory arbitrage and outright rule-breaking. As they grew, America’s large retailers were able to assemble an ever-growing political support coalition that could be weaponized to head off the regulatory efforts they faced.

Date: July 12, 2023
Time: 13:00 CEST (until approx. 14:00)
Location: online

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