What ever happened to the consumer movement in the United States? In stark contrast to the high visibility and widespread support enjoyed by the consumer movement during the last two decades, overt concern for consumer protection seems to have disappeared since the election of President Ronald Reagan. To answer this question it is necessary first to identify the market conditions that currently dominate the U. S. economy and second to review the history of the consumer movement as it has evolved in this country during the last eighty years.

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Kathleen Browne Ittig is Associate Professor of Economics.

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