This paper draws attention to 3 issues in state and national development policy. The first concerns the paradox of decentralization. It is pointed out that, although the federal government is encouraging decentralization of authority in the federal system and state and local governments are alleged to be free of statutory restrictions and administrative regulations, we are in a time of crisis. In the past, such times have demand concentration of power in the hands of governmental bodies that are capable of action. The second issue related to the growth in power of both state and federal legislatures. This rising strength in relationship to the executive branch is viewed as altering current patterns of operation in ways that are currently impossible to predict. The third issue concerns the declining autonomy of line agencies. This is seen in the fact that highway departments and other agencies can no longer ignore the wishes of local elected officials. Increasingly, the courts offer a means not only of blocking undesirable projects but also of forging viable alternatives.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 22-24
  • Monograph Title: Transportation and land development policy
  • Serial:

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  • Accession Number: 00134880
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024757
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM