ERIC Number: ED152627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Examining the Issues. Proceedings of the American Council on Consumer Interests 23rd Annual Conference.
American Council on Consumer Interests, Columbia, MO.
The document contains proceedings of a conference on consumer interests. The proceedings are proposed for those who attended the conference and other interested professionals. The major purpose of these proceedings is to stimulate thought and discussion regarding consumer issues. The first general session focuses on consumer representation. Three papers examine government and business reactions to the consumer movement. One paper describes recent legislative and consumer group efforts to help consumers become better informed, more efficient, and more satisfied. Two papers present issues related to prices, regulation, and energy and two papers focus on the economics of medical expense insurance and rights of the disabled. The second general session examines consumer and industrial views of liability. Concurrent meetings at the third general session focus on (1) the American Council on Consumer Interests; (2) national telecommunications; (3) federal consumer programs and safety standards; (4) consumer complaints; and (5) a market simulation to teach consumer skills to children. The fourth session examines credit issues, including the consumer side of revolving credit and the effect of debt on household welfare. The closing session concentrates on a framework for consumer policy analysis and a sociological theory of consumerism. The theory suggests that there are six major determinants of consumerism and that interaction between these factors results in a particular consumer movement. A directory of conference participants is included in the document. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Citizen Participation, Community Cooperation, Conference Reports, Consumer Economics, Consumer Education, Consumer Protection, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy, Energy Conservation, Financial Needs, Government Role, Higher Education, Individual Needs, Insurance, Knowledge Level, Public Policy, Safety, Social Influences, Social Services, Standards, State Aid, Telecommunications
American Council on Consumer Interests, 162 Stanley Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65201 ($3.50 paperbound)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Consumer Interests, Columbia, MO.
Note: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Council on Consumer Interests (23rd, Denver, Colorado, April 20-23, 1977)