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Melvin Stephens

Not on My Farm! Resistance to Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication in the United States

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Olmstead, Alan L., and Paul W. Rhode. 2007. "Not on My Farm! Resistance to Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication in the United States." The Journal of Economic History, 67(3): 768-809.

The active opposition to technical change has frequently impeded economic growth. This article examines the widespread resistance to government-led campaigns to use new tuberculin testing technologies to eradicate bovine tuberculosis in the United States. We explore three issues: the political economy of opposition; the role of earlier scientific controversies in the discourse; and the techniques used by the opponents. Over time, the protests shifted from challenging the scientific merits of the testing technology to more nuts-and-bolts distributional and administrative issues.

DOI:10.1017/S0022050707000307 (Full Text)

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