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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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The Future of Public Authorities

The Future of Public Authorities

(p.155) EPILOGUE The Future of Public Authorities
The Rise of the Public Authority

Gail Radford

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that there is sufficient reason to regret the form that public authorities have taken and to work for gradually replacing them with different administrative structures. The way to achieve this remains uncertain, since the institutional obstacles faced by early twentieth-century statebuilders still exist today. However, some clues emerge when ideas that were proposed in the past as well as the lines of thinking and experimentation taking place in the early twenty-first century are considered. The chapter discusses the alternatives found in the stories told in this book; ways to strengthen the public sector; and the Healthy San Francisco program.

Keywords:   public authorities, public sector, Healthy San Francisco

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