TRANSPORTATION AND THE POLITICAL CULTURE

IN CONTRAST TO EUROPEAN CITIES, THE AMERICAN URBAN POLITICAL CULTURE HAS 3 DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS. IT GIVES A HIGH VALUE TO LOCAL AUTONOMY, DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING BY ELECTED POLITICAL LEADERS, AND SIMILAR DIRECT PARTICIPATION BY PRIVATE CIVIC LEADERSHIP. THE RELATIVE DEGREE OF DEVOTION GIVEN TO THESE THREE PRINCIPLES DEFINES THE DIFFERENCES AMONG CITIES. IT STRUCTURES THE CHARACTER (OR IN SOME CASES THE ABSENCE) OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND PROGRAMS AND THE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED TO RESOLVE THESE CONTROVERSIES. IN GENERAL, CURRENT TRANSPORTATION POLICY-MAKING PROCESSES TEND TO CONTRADICT THESE PRINCIPLES, AND IT IS THOSE PLACES WHERE THIS IS MOST EVIDENT THAT CONTROVERSY HAS BEEN MOST CHRONIC. THE IMPASSE CAUSED BY THESE CONTROVERSIES WILL NOT BE RESOLVED UNTIL THESE CONTRADICTIONS ARE OVERCOME. THE AUTHOR DRAWS ON HIS STUDY OF TRANSPORTATION POLICTICS IN SEVEN LARGE METROPOLITAN AREAS FOR EXAMPLES OF THE CONTRADICTIONS AND SOLUTIONS. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 32-42
  • Monograph Title: Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors of Transportation
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309019692
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1972 12:00AM