A faded passion? Estes Kefauver and the senate subcommittee on antitrust and monopoly

Scroop, D. (2007) A faded passion? Estes Kefauver and the senate subcommittee on antitrust and monopoly. Busines and Economic History On-Line, 5,

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Abstract

In this paper I examine the U.S. Senate subcommittee on antitrust and monopoly (1957-1963), chaired by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver. I assess the persistence into the postwar years of the antimonopoly critique of bigness that had animated the politics of reform in the pre–New Deal era, arguing that Richard Hofstadter correctly described antitrust as one of the “faded passions” of postwar reform. However, Kefauver’s antimonopoly crusade was significant in bridging the antimonopoly tradition rooted in the politics of the pre–New Deal era and the new antimonopoly politics of the 1970s and beyond, particularly as manifested in the “third wave” consumer movement. Tracing this connection between antimonopoly and consumer politics, I pay particular attention to the formulation and passage of the Kefauver-Harris Drug Act, the consumer safety legislation from the subcommittee, and to Kefauver’s determined but forlorn efforts in the late 1950s and early 1960s to persuade the federal government to establish a new Department of Consumers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scroop, Dr Daniel
Authors: Scroop, D.
Subjects:E History America > E151 United States (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Busines and Economic History On-Line
Publisher:Business History Conference
ISSN:1941-7349
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2007 Business History Conference
First Published:First published in Busines and Economic History On-Line 5
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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