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6 J. Consumer Pol'y 1 (1983)

handle is hein.journals/jrncpy6 and id is 1 raw text is: From the Editors

Volume 5 of Journal of Consumer Policy appeared in 1981. Volume
6 appears in 1983. The year in between, 1982, was a year of silence
and transformation. With this volume, the journal changes its face in
two respects. Firstly: It is now published by the D. Reidel Publishing
Company. Secondly: In order to make the journal and its contents
more easily accessible to readers throughout the world, as from this
volume all contributions will be in the English language. There will
be German abstracts of all the major papers.
No changes in the basic conception of the journal are foreseen.
JCP remains dedicated to the scrutiny of current consumer problems
and to their political, social, and economic ramifications. It will
continue to approach these problems in an interdisciplinary fashion,
building upon law, economics, and the behavioural sciences. Papers
and comments will be authored not only by academics but also by
practitioners in consumer organizations, government, and business.
During the first five years of the journal's existence it has proved
worthwhile to put heavy emphasis upon the international, compara-
tive analysis of consumer policies. Problems are similar in many
countries, but solutions differ because of the new, unestablished,
tentative character of contemporary consumer policy. Any evalua-
tion of consumer policy measures requires, therefore, an awareness
of comparable experiences in other parts of the world. This com-
parison is facilitated when the information is gathered in one journal
and in one language.
There are many lacunae in consumer policy research. Some of
them may be specific to a given country, others are blind spots even
in a global perspective. Let us mention a few of these generally
neglected issues:
- consumer problems in the third world;
- the efficiency of consumer economic co-operation (in the form
of consumer co-ops or otherwise);
- the functioning of local consumer groups;
- consumer problems with the products and services provided
by the public sector;
- the setting of priorities by consumer organizations and agencies.
JCP will especially welcome contributions to these and other
hitherto neglected areas of consumer policy research. To these un-
attended areas belongs also consumer socialization. It is puzzling
to the Editors that while policymakers and researchers (as well as
industry representatives) talk incessantly about the importance of
Journal of Consumer Policy 6 (1983) 1-2. 0342-5843/83/0006-0001 $00.20.
Copyright © 1983 by D. Reidel Publishing Co., Dordrecht, Holland, and Boston, U.S.A.

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