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Path Dependence and Amtrak: How the Nation’s Passenger Railroad Has Stayed On Track

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Title: Path Dependence and Amtrak: How the Nation’s Passenger Railroad Has Stayed On Track
Author: Chasin, Chris
Advisor: Oberfield, Zachary W.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Political Science
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Forty years ago, Amtrak was formed from the ashes of a failing industry as a temporary compromise between those seeking government intervention and those content to let passenger service end. Amtrak’s creation brought with it path dependence that has constrained policy options. This path dependence, formed through imposition of obligations, Amtrak’s distributive nature, and conflicting goals of Amtrak’s creation, has ensured Amtrak’s survival in the face of political pressures from both sides. The implications of this process indicate that policy inception, even of programs intended to be temporary, can have lasting impacts that restrict options and ensure policy continuation.
Subject: Railroad travel -- United States
Subject: Passenger trains -- United States
Subject: Amtrak
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7614

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Chasin, Chris. "Path Dependence and Amtrak: How the Nation’s Passenger Railroad Has Stayed On Track". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7614.

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