Roads to Reason

Transportation Administration and Rationality in Colombia

Social scientists who have done field research anywhere in Latin America will find this a challenging and rewarding book. On the simplest level, this is a study of public administration. . . . To understand and evaluate the policy decisions of this large government bureaucracy, however, one must understand the context of Colombian history, geography, society, and culture. . . . Hartwig interweaves the strands of historical description, public administration analysis, and general social science theory during three different time periods. . . . The careful reader can learn a great deal from this very well researched and thoughtfully written volume.
Hispanic American Historical Review

Hartwig views the Columbian Ministry of Public Works, applying a theoretical model of rationality and responsibility to view how policy failures were caused by faulty definitions of problems and mistaken approaches in building Andean Highways from 1922-1974. This book will interest those involved in policy administration, organization theory, and policy planning in both developed and developing countries.

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Richard E. Hartwig

Richard E. Hartwig is professor of political science at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.

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