The National Recovery Administration: An Analysis and Appraisal

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CHAPTER IX
THE NRA AND CODE ADMINISTRATION

The NRA carries responsibility for seeing that codes are properly administered and that compliance is effected. The situation which has been shown to exist with respect to code administration roughly defines the character of NRA's responsibility. The extent of that responsibility cannot, however, be visualized without recalling the following basic facts: (1) that there are 550 basic codes and a roughly equivalent number of identifiable autonomous groups officially charged with code administration; (2) that administrative duties are delegated to hundreds of trade associations and other agencies which do not formally occupy an official status; (3) that administrative duties are delegated to many thousands of official regional and local agencies, and to other unofficial regional agencies. The discussion of activities of the NRA in this field may conveniently be broken into three parts, compliance, supervision of code agencies, and attempts to simplify the code structure.


COMPLIANCE

For both code authorities and governmental agencies, compliance work starts off from the favorable situation that the great bulk of reputable business men desire to discharge their obligations under the codes. The moral foundation for this sentiment is the common preference for obeying the law rather than the contrary. This is supported by the self-interested expectation of benefits to be gained from the operation of codes. Among the wellintentioned and sufficiently prosperous firms many techni

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