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Author Nall, Clayton, author

Title The road to inequality : how the Federal Highway Program polarized America and undermined cities / Clayton Nall, Stanford University
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 170 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- How highways facilitate partisan geographic sorting -- Highways polarize metropolitan political geography -- Transportation becomes a partisan issue -- Implications for transportation policymaking -- Conclusion
Summary The Road to Inequality shows how policies that shape geographic space change our politics, focusing on the effects of the largest public works project in American history: the federal highway system. For decades, federally subsidized highways have selectively facilitated migration into fast-growing suburbs, producing an increasingly non-urban Republican electorate. This book examines the highway programs' policy origins at the national level and traces how these intersected with local politics and interests to facilitate complex, mutually-reinforcing processes that have shaped America's growing urban-suburban divide and, with it, the politics of metropolitan public investment. As Americans have become more polarized on urban-suburban lines, attitudes towards transportation policy - a once quintessentially 'local' and non-partisan policy area - are now themselves driven by partisanship, endangering investments in metropolitan programs that provide access to opportunity for millions of Americans
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 16 Mar 2018)
Subject Federal Highway Program (U.S.)
SUBJECT Federal Highway Program (U.S.) fast
Subject Transportation and state -- United States
Highway planning -- Political aspects -- United States
Political geography.
Suburbs -- Political aspects -- United States
Election districts -- United States
Urban policy -- United States
Election districts
Highway planning -- Political aspects
Political geography
Politics and government
Suburbs -- Political aspects
Transportation and state
Urban policy
SUBJECT United States -- Politics and government.
Subject United States
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108277952