Watchdogs and Whistleblowers: A Reference Guide to Consumer Activism
This all-encompassing collection of information about consumer activism and the consumer movement will provide students, public officials, business groups, and other activists with a one-stop source of facts and insights. The contributors explore hundreds of major consumer protections that have significantly enhanced the quality of life and safety for all Americans, showing how these protections were won through the skillful and determined work of leading activists and activist organizations. Many of the stories told here are related by the activists themselves, often for the first time.
More than 140 entries offer a comprehensive treatment of the consumer activism of specific organizations, their leaders, and strategies. The book also includes more than 40 entries about consumer movements in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. A timeline of key events and a listing of the most important books on the subject of consumer activism help provide context for the individual entries as do two introductory essays. Cross references in each entry establish linkages among topics.
About the Author
Stephen Brobeck, PhD, has been executive director of the Consumer Federation of America since 1980.
Robert N. Mayer, PhD, is professor and department chair in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah.
- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Greenwood (July 31, 2015)
“This broad view of consumer-interest groups is recommended for most public and academic libraries.” – Booklist
“The new volume provides an excellent overview of the consumer movement. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels; general readers.” – Choice
“The editors of this reference guide have compiled a comprehensive source of information about ways in which consumer activism has reshaped the economic and political well-being of citizens.” – J Consum Policy
an encyclopedia of the consumer movement
This is both a fundamental text containing original information and a contemporary update on the state of the consumer movement. Anyone who is interested in the relationship between consumer organizations, government, and the commercial sector should have this book as a reference.
This encyclopedia has these kinds of entries – consumer issues in the United States, definitions of various advocacy strategies, overviews of all the largest United States consumer organizations, and overviews of consumer activism in each of about 40 geographical regions covering most of the world. Each entry in this book would be almost impossible to find summarized anywhere else, and to have them collected all in one volume could only be a labor of love for the editors because organizing the creation of this many summaries on so many different topics obviously took an army of very dedicated contributors to produced.
This is the current world view on consumers do in response to corporate pressures in the marketplace. Although the book speaks from the perspective of consumer organizations, this is as close as the literature comes to articulating and documenting the issues which matter to individual consumers.