Regulation, Organizations, and Politics
Motor Freight Policy at the Interstate Commerce Commission
A major study of federal regulation
Praise / Awards
"Clearly one of the best books on regulation in a decade. This study successfully bridges the gap between the 'economic theories of regulation' emphasizing the role of interest groups and the new institutionalists studying the effect of political institutions on regulation. Rothenberg's analysis of the Motor Carriers Act of 1935 will become a classic in the economics and politics of regulation."
--Barry R. Weingast, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
". . . a well-crafted study of the regulation of motor freight policy by the Interstate Commerce Commission. . . . Rothenberg's style and approach to the study make the book not only interesting but actually enjoyable. . . . This approach provides encouragement to those of us who believe that the study of public administration and public policy cannot be separated if we are to understand adequately governance in our society. Yet far too few studies demonstrate the intersection of organizations and policy with the flair and effectiveness of Rothenberg's book. . . . [This] book is one that can be highly recommend to scholars with an interest in regulation, interest groups, and governing institutions. It will have broad appeal for those with an interest in public administration and public policy. It is worth purchasing simply for the chapter that synthesizes the existing literature on the political economy of regulation. The carefully researched chapters clearly make this book a winner, one that will be widely read and cited by those who study regulatory policy and government administration."
--Journal of Politics
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