Title

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority: A Smart Growth Machine?

Department

Political Science & International Affairs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2008

Abstract

Molotch, Stone, and others demonstrated that business leaders exercise major influence in American urban politics. Business leaders with local economic interests have long promoted growth in American cities. This article discusses the historical influence of Atlanta's business leaders in the city's economic growth and focuses on their role in the policy shifts in the 1990s, from unfettered growth to "smart growth." In response to Atlanta's worsened image for attracting business and the restrictions imposed by the EPA in using federal money, Atlanta's business leaders led the political process that created the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. The implications of this process for the theories of urban politics and the future directions for regional governance are discussed.

Journal

Politics & Policy

Journal ISSN

1555-5623

Volume

31

Issue

3

First Page

488

Last Page

511

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1111/j.1747-1346.2003.tb00159.x