Privatization of Roads and Highways

Author: Block, Walter
Year:2006
Pages:304
ISBN:0-7734-5841-7
978-0-7734-5841-3
Price:219.95
Over 40,000 people die each year on our nation’s roads, and in excess of one million are seriously injured in traffic accidents. This book makes the case for applying the benefits of private enterprise to transportation safety.

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“ ... The unique contributions [of this book] are the explanations of the mechanisms by which secure private property ownership ultimately solves pollution, safety, and other problems better than any system involving ‘public’ property ...” – Professor Brad Edmunds, Auburn University at Montgomery

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brad Edmonds
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: THE THEORY
1. Free Market Transportation: Denationalizing the Roads
2. Congestion and Road Pricing
3. Public Goods and Externalities: The Case of Roads
4. Theories of Highway Safety
PART II: APPLICATIONS
5. Private Roads, Competition, Automobile Insurance and Price Controls
6. Road Socialism
7. Compromising the Uncompromisable: Speed Limits, Parades, Cigarettes
8. Roads and the Immigration Issue
9. The Motor Vehicle Bureau
PART III: PROCESS
10. Privatize the Public Highway System
11. Homesteading City Streets
12. Overcoming Difficulties in Road Privatization
13. Transition to Private Roads
PART IV: CRITIQUES
14. Roads, Bridges, Sunlight and Private Property Rights
15. Comment on Roads, Bridges, Sunlight and Private Property
16. Roads, Bridges, Sunlight and Private Property: Reply to Tullock
17. Who is Responsible for Traffic Deaths
18. Open Letter to Mothers Against Drunk Driving
19. Road Privatization: Rejoinder to Mohring
20. Aiding and Abetting Road Socialism: The Case of Robert Poole and the Reason Foundation
PART V: CONCLUSION
21. An Interview with Walter Block
Appendix, Bibliography, Index