Melike Arslan

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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. I was previously a Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. I have received my PhD from the Sociology Department at Northwestern University in July 2021.

I mainly study the legal and regulatory infrastructure of liberal market economies from a comparative and international perspective. My previous works on corporate bankruptcy laws, transnational legal indicators, and the legal foundations of money were published in the International Journal of Law in Context and Annual Review of Law and Social Science. A new article on why the U.S. promoted the diffusion of antitrust laws to other countries in the 1990s is forthcoming in Review of International Political Economy. In several work-in-progress papers, I look at how different policy paradigms shaped the U.S. antitrust law changes in the 1970s, the variations in the implementation of competition laws in emerging market economies, particularly focusing on Turkey and Mexico, and the influence of globalization on competition consultancy professions. I am also involved in two collaborative projects on state aid (subsidy) policies, and long-term planning for global climate change. My new project delves into the drivers and consequences of consumers’ moral denouncement of price hikes as “price gouging” during the Covid-19 pandemic.