Transportation Policy in the European and American Unions Compared. Lessons in Transportation Federalism

The United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) represent different models of federalism. This paper uses the U.S. and the EU as a case study in order to draw out lessons on how to best organize central government transportation policy. The main difference between the two areas, as far as transportation policy is concerned, is in the degree of centralization and in the form of institutional management. The better system in terms of transportation policy is an unresolved question. The EU’s focus on broad strategic management might benefit the polyglot federalism of the U.S. On the other hand, the U.S. system might have a better balance between local and central power than the EU. The U.S. also offers an admirable grant-in-aid system.


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  • Accession Number: 01000306
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 15 2005 5:04PM