U.S. Department Of Transportation

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Overview

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.

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Exploring the theme of the legitimate degree of government regulation over transportation economic and safety issues, Whitnah (history, U. of Northern Iowa) provides a historical perspective on the rocky road to the establishment of the US Department of Transportation in 1966. Discussion includes: contesting of regulations by the trucking, railroad, waterways, and aviation industries; deregulation since 1978 and the ensuing chaos; and concerns over Federal Aviation Administration oversight of airline safety and traffic control. Contains a helpful list of acronyms, and biographical profiles of DOT officials. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313283406
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1998
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD R. WHITNAH is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acronyms
1 The Road to DOT 3
2 Gerald Ford and Deregulation 15
3 Debate in 1978 31
4 Federal Railroad Administration 41
5 Highway Controls 53
6 Scrutiny of Trucking 63
7 ICC's Legacy 75
8 On the Waterways 83
9 Universities and Aviation 95
10 DOT-FAA, Stormy Years 107
11 Progress with Problems 121
12 Reflections - Conclusions 147
Secretaries of Transportation and Other Biographical Profiles 159
Bibliography 203
Index 209
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