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Paving the Way: New York Road Building and the American State, 1880-1956 Hardcover – March 4, 2008

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"A conceptually very important book." -- Mark H. Rose

"A path-breaking and indispensable book for understanding the evolution of the American highway network." -- Clay McShane

"Fein offers keen interpretive insights about the contested policies and politics that shaped a complex American federalism in the twentieth century. His book makes a compelling argument for the importance of public works policy in the evolution of American political development and makes a significant contribution to U.S. transportation and mobility history." -- Raymond A. Mohl

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"Fein offers keen interpretive insights about the contested policies and politics that shaped a complex American federalism in the twentieth century. His book makes a compelling argument for the importance of public works policy in the evolution of American political development and makes a significant contribution to U.S. transportation and mobility history."--Raymond A. Mohl, author of The Making of Urban America

"A path-breaking and indispensable book for understanding the evolution of the American highway network."--Clay McShane, author of Down the Asphalt Path: American Cities and the Automobile

"A conceptually very important book."--Mark H. Rose, author of Interstate: Express Highway Politics

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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700615628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700615629
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,607,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used this book as a text in one of my Senior courses in Political Science. The theme of the course was Bureaucratic Growth and Development. Fein's book was well-recieved by the students. The book carefully lays out the slow and deliberate accretion of authority by the Highway Department in New York and the eclipse of the local institutions that had dominated highway policy. Without the usual conspiracy theories or hagiography that attaches to many accounts of highway development policy. One of the arguements of the book, that the state highway building process and institutional structures were established well before the expansion of federal highway funding in the U.S., is nicely developed. The only shortcoming of this fine book is its price. I wish it were published in a paperbound edition. I look forward to reading more of Prof. Fein's work.
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