U.S. Department of Transportation : a reference history /
Donald R. Whitnah.
Westport, Conn : Greenwood Press, 1998.
xv, 228 p. ; 24 cm.
0313283400 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn : Greenwood Press, 1998.
0313283400 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-207) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Donald R. Whitnah is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Northern Iowa
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-07:
The relative effect of a transportation system on the flow and pattern of economic, social, and even political development is significant and widespread. It is, however, a complex system shaped and altered by a number of technological, economic, cultural, and regulatory events and policies. As this detailed book demonstrates, these events and policies were not infrequently awash with differences of opinions and seemingly conflicting objectives. Whitnah (history, emeritus, Univ. of Northern Iowa) examines the growth and change within and around the US Department of Transportation as well as the relative impact of government regulation and deregulation in the business of transportation. It is a study that explores the problems and issues that have beset the department over the last 30 years or so. The author also includes brief biographical profiles of more than 100 notable public officials. Connecting a number of diverse characters and policies, this study is at times disjointed, but it amply demonstrates the author's devotion and concern for this meaningful and inviting topic. It is a study that should interest professionals, researchers, and faculty. T. E. Sullivan; Towson University
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Long Description
Tracing the antecedents and the creation of the U.S. Department of Transportation, this work assesses its role in both the control of transportation and the encouragement of big businesses in the industry. The U.S. government has struggled for over a century with the complex issue of transportation regulation. The prevailing view from the 1880s until recently was to consider private transportation a public utility, which led to the creation of the DOT in 1966. This work covers much of the regulation/deregulation debates from Hoover to the Nixon presidencies, and focuses on the bipartisan crescendo for deregulation led by Gerald Ford and Edward Kennedy. Whitnah also analyzes the heated debate over airline deregulation that resumed in the Carter years and continues to have an impact today.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acronymsp. xiii
Testing Regulation
The Road to DOTp. 3
Gerald Ford and Deregulationp. 15
Debate in 1978p. 31
Federal Railroad Administrationp. 41
Highway Controlsp. 53
Scrutiny of Truckingp. 63
ICC's Legacyp. 75
On the Waterwaysp. 83
Universities and Aviationp. 95
DOT-FAA, Stormy Yearsp. 107
Progress with Problemsp. 121
Reflections--Conclusionsp. 147
Agency and Biographical Profiles
Secretaries of Transportation and Other Biographical Profilesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 209
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