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Highway Heist
Highway Heist

Highway Heist

America's Crumbling Infrastructure and the Road Forward



320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $35.95)

Publication Date: October 2022

ISBN 9781598133448

Rights: WOR

Independent Institute (Oct 2022)


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"Who will build the roads?" We have all heard this tired cliché to rationalize the government's ever-increasing spending of taxpayer money to maintain vital infrastructure. And all we have to show for it is dilapidated roads strewn with potholes ... and the excuse to swindle more money from taxpayers. Enter James T. Bennett's Highway Heist: America's Crumbling Infrastructure and the Road Forward. Finally, a robust analysis of the government's mishandling of infrastructure projects stretches back decades. And finally, real solutions that the government doesn't want you to know about.


"In Highway Heist, James Bennett provides vital, new, intellectual infrastructure for a timely and authoritative critique of pork barrels, potholes, and political privilege." —George Gilder, bestselling author, Wealth and Poverty, Life After Google, Telecosm, Knowledge and Power, and other books "James Bennett's indispensable book Highway Heist critically examines the corruption, waste, and runaway costs of government transportation infrastructure.... Instead of such unnecessary problems from government monopolies, Highway Heist shows the viability of private, market-based, enterprising systems in directly serving transport needs, with real accountability, innovative benefits and enormous savings." —Rand Paul, U.S. Senator; Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship "Whatever your views on highway construction, the remarkable and indispensable book Highway Heist will improve it.... This fascinating book could not be timelier as state Departments of Transportation throughout America, keeping social objectives in mind, start ramping up infrastructure spending with new Federal funds." —Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation "We now have a lively account of how the U.S. highway lobby came to be and what it delivered.... I cannot think of a better guide to U.S. transportation policy and politics than Highway Heist." —Peter Gordon, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, University of Southern California; co-editor, The Voluntary City: Choice, Community and Civil Society "In the important book Highway Heist, we are treated to both a history lesson of how 'infrastructure policy' has evolved and the key question facing us as we look to the future: Can't a nation of innovators agree upon a better way to build, maintain and pay for necessary internal improvements? Bennett raises all the appropriate questions." —John M. Engler, former Governor of Michigan; former President and CEO, Business Roundtable "Highway Heist is a fascinating, brilliantly written political history of government-built infrastructure (roads, bridges, canals) since the founding of the republic.... Hope lies in growing public acceptance of express lanes, tolls, public-private partnerships, and private roads, along with opposition to eminent domain, massive government spending, and the idea that government must own, operate, and maintain highways." —E. S. Savas, Presidential Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Privatization Research Organization, Baruch College, CUNY; co-author, Privatization and Public-Private Partnerships "Highway Heist takes us through two hundred-plus years of American history to the present, and we note that while the particulars of what is being debated have changed, the essential framework of the arguments for and against federal involvement in highway construction have remained the same." —Bret D. Schundler, former Mayor, Jersey City, New Jersey; former New Jersey Commissioner of Education

Author Biography

James T. Bennett is an Eminent Scholar at George Mason University. He holds the William P. Snavely Chair of Political Economy and Public Policy in the Department of Economics and is Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy. Bennett received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 and has specialized in research related to public policy issues, the economics of government and bureaucracy, labor unions, and health charities.