Title

Flexing the Commerce Clause Muscle at The Turn of Two Centuries: An Historical Perspective of Federal Government Control Over Corporate Moral Behavior

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

This article examines the federal government's role in controlling corporate behavior, using its powers under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. Federal action at the beginning of our two most recent centuries provides an excellent illustration for students of our government challenging runaway corporate behavior. Enforcement of the Sherman Antitrust Act against large corporate trusts and the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act were watershed moments in history, where corporate behavior was a prime issue and centerpiece of public attention. This essay is therefore offered as a possible introductory topic or lesson for students in the study of corporate governance, ethics and behavior.

Comments

Published: Iannone, Paul N. "Flexing The Commerce Clause Muscle At The Turn Of Two Centuries: An Historical Perspective Of Federal Government Control Over Corporate Moral Behavior." Journal of Legal Studies in Business 10 (2003): 85-102.