Long-range Public Investment: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 265 pages
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In this comprehensive survey combining architectural and social policy studies, Robert D. Leighninger Jr. reappraises the enduring achievements of public investment during the New Deal era. Leighninger argues that, though these initiatives produced the lasting backbone of the U.S. physical and cultural infrastructure, the value of these long-range investments is now being forgotten. In response Leighninger systematically assesses the schools, housing, bridges, roads, power plants, courthouses, hospitals, museums, stadiums, zoos, parks, and other public facilities built under the auspices of the New Deal. Many of the structures are still in use today. Although a multitude of studies have focused on specific agencies, Leighninger offers an exhaustive survey of all the building agencies established as part of the New Deal. In addition to reviewing the large- and small-scale objectives of such operations as the Public Works Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and Tennessee Valley Authority, Leighninger applies the New Deal experience to current public policy issues. He evaluates the impact of public works on stimulating the economy, the role of public jobs in a national employment policy, the means of financing infrastructure, and the paradox of viewing public works as "pork."
 

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Contents

Public Works in American History
3
The Civilian Conservation Corps 193342
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The Public Works Administration 193335
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The Civil Works Administration 193334
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The Works Progress Administration 193543
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The Public Works Administration 19352
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The Tennessee Valley Authority 1933
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Housing
118
Economic Stimulus
173
Public Jobs
183
Federalism
197
The Paradox of Pork
208
Notes
219
Index
255
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Robert D. Leighninger is a sociologist at Arizona State University.

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