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Local transit -- History, Conspiracy theories -- United States -- Case studies, Local transit -- Law and legislation, Transportation and state


This paper will review the history of the GM Conspiracy Myth, as well as what legal theorists refer to as "the facts in the case." The legal explanation of what really happened goes only so far, though. The whole story about the decline of mass transit in the U.S. is a story about the failure of public policy and about conflict among competing constituencies in the transportation policy process. This paper will very briefly discuss this failure and this conflict and will then conclude with a consideration of - or at least a hypothesis for - the endurance of the GM Conspiracy Myth.


Catalog Number DP98-11.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

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