Why Railroads Supported Regulation: The Case of Wisconsin, 1905-1910
Business History Review
Recent studies of the progressive era by Gabriel Kolko and Robert Wiebe have proven that much reform legislation was supported by many of the interests against which the bills were ostensibly written. Professor Caine shows that, in at least one important state, railroads fought reform bitterly, accepting the principle of regulation only when conservative administration of the Railroad Regulation Act of 1905 offered them unexpected protection from progressive reformers.
Caine, Stanley, "Why Railroads Supported Regulation: The Case of Wisconsin, 1905-1910" (1970). Faculty Scholarship. 282.