Call for Papers
Ó Springer Science?Business Media New York 2015
In June 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court, with its decision in Continental T.V. v. GTE
Sylvania, mandated use of a rule of reason approach deciding the legality of
manufacturer-imposed restraints on distributors’ locations under the antitrust laws.
Along the way, the Court reversed the rule of per se illegality for restraints on
distributors that had taken ownership of a product contained in its barely 10-year-
old decision in Schwinn, cast vertical restraints as restricting intrabrand competition
while promoting interbrand competition, and declared that ‘‘Interbrand competi-
tion … competition among the manufacturers of the same generic product … is the
primary concern of antitrust law.’’ One may argue that GTE Sylvania was the ﬁrst
step in an evolutionary process expanding the scope of the rule of reason generally,
and leading to the application of the rule of reason to resale price maintenance in
We invite submissions to a Special Issue of The Review of Industrial
Organization devoted to GTE Sylvania and its aftermath, on its 40th anniversary.
Contributions that highlight the impact of the decision on all aspects of U.S.
antitrust and its inﬂuence on the treatment of vertical restraints in other competition
policy regimes around the world are welcome.
Submissions should be made by e-mail to either:
Jeroen Hinloopen Stephen Martin
Utrecht University School of Economics Department of Economics
P.O. Box 80125 Purdue University
3508 TC Utrecht West Lafayette, IN 47906
The Netherlands USA
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