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Title: The Davis-Bacon Act: Institutional Evolution and Public Policy
Authors: William G. Whittaker
Keywords: Davis-Bacon Act
Dynamic Marketplace
Socioeconomic Policy
Wage Law
Copeland Act
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2007
Publisher: Congressional Research Service
Citation: Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Socioeconomic Policy - Davis-Bacon Act
Abstract: Davis-Bacon has been amended over the years to expand its coverage and to strengthen enforcement. It has generally enjoyed strong bipartisan support throughout its history; but, the act has also sparked continuing controversy and opposition, especially from non-union contractors. Issues of policy concerning the act, raised initially in the 1920s and 1930s, continue to be debated into the 21st century. Seventy-five years after its enactment, questions remain about its economic impact, its scope and pattern of coverage, and its administration. Since the early 1950s, the act has been variously the focus of rulemaking, litigation, and legislative interest and, through the past quarter century, of all three.
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