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Economic Policy
Guide: Economic Regulation

This collection of primary and secondary sources highlights major areas of economic regulation, from banks and stores to the natural environment. It also explores events in United States history that have led to regulatory expansion. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Theme Key Understandings

  • Governments' approaches to regulation change over time based on domestic and global circumstances
  • American domestic policies span a spectrum from a free-market approach to a highly regulatory approach
  • A citizen's opinion on the need for regulation generally depends on his or her role in society
  • Social and economic policies form the basis of domestic policy
  • Through social policy, government officials can provide programs and services to maintain and improve citizen welfare
  • Through economic policy, the government seeks to maintain stability for the national economy
  • Foreign policies are influenced by the accepted doctrine of a time period, which is often shaped in reaction to world events
  • The executive branch plays the leading role in directing foreign policy

Key Questions

  • Describe two major periods in U.S. history that lead to greater economic regulation.
  • What are the primary areas of the economy that are the most regulated? Why is this the case?


  1. Overview: Economic Regulation
  2. Outlines: Outline
  3. Transcripts: Transcript
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Lesson: 1-The Purpose of Economic Regulation
  6. Lesson: 2-Regulating Banks and Financial Institutions
  7. Lesson: 3-Environmental Regulation
  8. Lesson: 4-The Politics of Economic Regulation
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Reference Articles: Antitrust Laws
  11. Reference Articles: Economic Roles of the Government
  12. Reference Articles: Great Depression
  13. Reference Articles: Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
  14. Reference Articles: U.S. Financial Crisis of 2008–2009
  15. Reference Articles: Securities and Exchange Commission
  16. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Cosmetics: unregulated product causes eye damage
  17. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil (1900)
  18. Political, Government & Court Documents: Environmental Policy Act (1969)
  19. Political, Government & Court Documents: Interstate Commerce Act (1887)
  20. Political, Government & Court Documents: Pure Food and Drug Act (1906)
  21. Speeches: Roosevelt, Franklin D.: "On the Bank Crisis" (1933)

MLA Citation

"Economic Regulation." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Content/2156167?cid=256. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

Entry ID: 2156167

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