Voice of the Marketplace: A History of the National Petroleum Council

Voice of the Marketplace: A History of the National Petroleum Council

Hardback Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History

By (author) Joseph A. Pratt, By (author) William H. Becker, By (author) William M. McClenahan, Introduction by Daniel Yergin, By (author) William M. McClenahan Jr

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  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 242mm x 27mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 31 July 2002
  • Publication City/Country: College Station
  • ISBN 10: 1585441856
  • ISBN 13: 9781585441853
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 21 b&w photographs, index

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The National Petroleum Council (NPC) emerged out of the close cooperation between the petroleum industry and the federal government during World War II. In the last fifty-plus years, the Council has evolved into a voice of the marketplace, analyzing conditions in the petroleum industry and publishing its findings in reports widely considered authoritative and useful. Here, Joseph A. Pratt, William H. Becker, and William M. McClenahan, Jr., analyze the choices and strategies that have given the Council the adaptability and resilience to survive. The authors look at the Council's reports and examine the NPC's ability to tap information and personnel from all sectors of the industry. Finally, they analyze the one political concern that has remained constant for the industry: antitrust. This book not only sheds light on the petroleum industry and its regulatory context but also addresses the larger questions of the U.S. government's relations with the industries it regulates.

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JOSEPH A. PRATT is Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston. WILLIAM H. BECKER is Professor of History and Strategic Management and Public Policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. WILLIAM M. McCLENAHAN, JR., teaches at the University of Maryland in College Park and also serves as a research assistant for the Business Histor Group.