Strange Brew
Strange Brew

Strange Brew

Alcohol and Government Monopoly

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

100 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: May 2003

ISBN 9780945999881

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Overview

When prohibition ended in 1933, laws were passed that regulated the sale of alcoholic beverages, ostensibly to protect wholesalers from the depredations of suppliers and the public from the ill effects of alcohol. This book examines the monopoly protection laws, also known as franchise termination laws, and how they lock suppliers into government-mandated contracts with alcohol wholesalers that affect consumers by raising prices and reducing the quality of alcoholic products and services. This study also investigates the notion that alcohol consumption is a sin and how legal restrictions have substituted the moral judgment of legislators for that of the consumer. Strange Brew demonstrates that the monopoly protection laws reflect powerful special interests in the political process who use such measures to control markets, shield themselves from competition and consumer preferences, and set prices with relative impunity. This book will be of great value to those in the alcoholic beverage industry as well as to students of economics, regulation, and public policy.

Author Biography

Douglas Glen Whitman is research fellow at The Independent Institute and assistant professor of economics at California State University at Northridge. He received his PhD in economics from New York University and has taught at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. His articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as Journal of Legal Studies, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy.

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