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The Rise of the Public AuthorityStatebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth-Century America$
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Gail Radford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226037691

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226037868.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Rise of the Public Authority
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Gail Radford

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037868.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine the early history of public authorities in order to understand the goals of the people who first proposed them, as well as the political struggles and legal pressures that shaped their formation and subsequent evolution. It then discusses what public authorities are and why so little is known about them; divergent perspectives on public authorities; and assumptions about the origins of public authorities. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   public authorities, quasi-public agencies, public officials

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