FTC@100 Bibliography

Broad Surveys

Commemorative Volumes

Federal Trade Commission Silver Anniversary Commemorative Issue, 8 GEO. WASH. L. REV. No. 3 (1940).

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Federal Trade Commission, 64 COLUM. L. REV No. 3 (1964).

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Federal Trade Commission, 1914-1965, 24 FED B. J. No. 4 (1964). 

FTC HISTORY: BUREAU OF ECONOMICS CONTRIBUTIONS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, RESEARCH, AND ECONOMIC KNOWLEDGE AND POLICY, ROUNDTABLE WITH FORMER DIRECTORS OF THE BUREAU OF ECONOMICS (2003).  A roundtable discussion with thirteen directors of the Bureau of Economics, whose tenures covered five decades of the agency’s history.  The program was held to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the creation of the FTC’s predecessor agency, the Bureau of Corporations.

Federal Trade Commission 90th Anniversary Symposium. 72 ANTITRUST L. J. No. 3 (2005).  Materials related to the two-day public event, including transcripts, are available on the Commission’s website.

JAMES CAMPBELL COOPER, ED. THE REGULATORY REVOLUTION AT THE FTC:  A THIRTY-YEAR PERSPECTIVE ON COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION (2013).

General Surveys

William Kovacic, The Federal Trade Commission and Congressional Oversight of Antitrust Enforcement, 17 TULSA L.J. 587 (1982).  Though weighted toward the period from 1969-80, this article includes a substantial discussion of the FTC’s earlier years as well. 

Marc Winerman, History Through Headlines, 72 ANTITRUST L.J. 871 (2005).  This article surveys the broad sweep of the agency’s first 90 years – including high-profile actions that didn’t involve litigation -- by examining front-page stories covering the FTC from the New York Times. 

Appointments and the Appointment Process

Pendleton Herring, The Federal Trade Commissioners, 8 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 339 (1940). 

VICTOR KRAMER AND DONALD GRAHAM, APPOINTMENTS TO THE FEDERAL REGULATORY AGENCIES:  THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (1974).  This detailed study is based on interviews as well as published and archival sources.

William E. Kovacic, The Quality of Appointments and the Capability of the Federal Trade Commission, 49 ADMIN. L. REV. 915 (1997).

Summaries and Statistical Analyses of Antitrust Cases

MYRON WATKINS AND THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL CONFERENCE BOARD, PUBLIC REGULATION OF COMPETITIVE PRACTICES IN BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (1940),  A broad survey of the FTC’s early competition and consumer protection cases.  (There were prior editions in 1925 and 1929.)

Richard A. Posner, A Statistical Study of Antitrust Enforcement, 13 J. L. ECON. 365 (1970) (analyzing pre-1970 competition cases).

William E. Kovacic, The Modern Evolution of U.S Competition Policy Enforcement Norms, 71 ANTITRUST L.J. 377 (2004) (analyzing post-1960 cases).