Melike Arslan

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I have received my PhD from the Sociology Department at Northwestern University in July 2021 and I am currently a Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

I broadly investigate how the decisions over economic regulations, such as corporate bankruptcy, anti-monopoly and environmental protection laws and policies, are made and how these regulations in turn affect corporate organizations and economic behaviors with a transnational perspective. While I identify as a comparative-historical researcher, my research draws on various forms of data, including interviews, archival sources, and law enforcement statistics.

My dissertation examined why concentrations of economic power (monopolization) have increased around the world in recent decades. Based on extensive archival research in the US, over 100 interviews with competition (antitrust) law and policy experts from around the world and a comparative case study on Mexico and Turkey, I demonstrated that the monopoly problem is embedded in formal government decisions, particularly in misdirected or unenforced competition laws and policies. My previous works focusing on bankruptcy laws, international legal indicators and regulations of money were published in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and International Journal of Law in Context.