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Feb. 22 Book Forum with Dick Carpenter, Co-author, ‘Bottleneckers’

February 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 9:15 am

bottleneckersAtlanta – The Left, Right and Center all hate them: powerful special interests who use government power for their own private benefit. Now there is a new, artful and memorable one-word pejorative to describe those who abuse government power in this way: “Bottleneckers.”
Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit,” is a new book from the Institute for Justice by Dick Carpenter and Chip Mellor (Encounter Books, $27.99). As the Institute for Justice puts it:

A “bottlenecker” is anyone who uses government power to limit competition, thereby reaping monopoly profits and other benefits. Bottleneckers work with politicians to constrict competition, entrepreneurial innovation and opportunity; they limit consumer choice; they drive up consumer prices; and they support politicians who willingly overstep the constitutional limits of their powers to create, maintain and expand these anticompetitive bottlenecks.

Bottleneckers” is also the subject of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, February 22 at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The speaker for this book forum with the Institute for Justice is co-author Dick Carpenter, who is also director for strategic research at the Arlington, Va.-based Institute for Justice.

Join the discussion about “Bottleneckers” as Carpenter describes his research on the abusers and victims of protectionist regulations: alcohol distributors (who gave bottleneckers their name) casket cartels, cosmetologists, interior designers, tour guides and street vendors, to name a few.

This Leadership Breakfast, which is open to the public, is $30 to attend. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase books for signing by Carpenter.

Register online here by Monday, February 20, or make your check out to Georgia Public Policy Foundation and mail to 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 214, Atlanta GA 30339. (Difficulty registering? Contact or call Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050.) Media interested in attending must contact Benita Dodd.

What: “‘Bottleneckers,’ a Book Forum,” a Leadership Breakfast
Who: Dick Carpenter
When: 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (Registration, networking begin at 7:30 a.m.)
Where: Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta GA 30339
Directions: http://bit.ly/Y4Yyjc
Attire: Business, business casual

Refund policy: Refunds provided upon request for registrations canceled before an event’s deadline.

About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: The Foundation, which celebrated 25 years in Georgia in 2016, is an independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. Visit our Web site at georgiapolicy.org.


February 22, 2017
8:00 am - 9:15 am