The National Recovery Administration: An Analysis and Appraisal

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CHAPTER VI
THE CODE STRUCTURE

Basic codes to the number of 550 are spread over almost the whole of American trade and industry. The most important exceptions are certain public utility industries -- railways, telephone and telegraph, gas, and electric light and power. Anthracite coal also has no code. Even these exceptions, barring railways, are due to no lack of effort, but merely to failure to reach agreement. The coverage runs to such extremes of difference as retail trade, mining, investment banking, and trucking. By number of employees, the major coverage is over local trades and services. The large majority of codes, on the other hand, relate to various fields of manufacturing. No general picture of the composite code structure can be given in any brief space, but the more striking characteristics can be portrayed. (See Appendix D for a complete list of codes.)


GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CODE STRUCTURE

Certain fields of industry have a unitary character which, if there is to be formal organization, dictates a single body for the whole group. This is particularly the case with the various mineral producing industries. The basic factors are the specialization of plants and the standardization of products. An industry like iron and steel. is less homogeneous by reason of the greater diversity of products. On the other hand the high degree of financial concentration and a history of past association with respect to a well delimited field of operations defines a unitary area of group interest for purposes of code or-

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