New Deal Planning: The National Resources Planning Board

New Deal Planning: The National Resources Planning Board

New Deal Planning: The National Resources Planning Board

New Deal Planning: The National Resources Planning Board

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Resources for the Future has a long tradition of conducting studies of government agencies that administer natural resource programs and policies. Usually these studies have been of agencies that have responsibility for managing or developing a particular resource such as water, energy, or the forests--or that have a particular managerial or development function for a range of resources. The resulting books add richness, diversity, and realism to the other RFF offerings emphasizing economic performance and technology. While this book is in the RFF tradition of institutional studies, it is unusual both with respect to the agency chosen for study and the exhaustive nature of the coverage. It is unusual in another respect as well--it is about an agency that has not been in existence for many years and that has little or no prospect of being reconstituted in its original form.

Although RFF's primary mission is to study those natural resource issues that relate directly to current problems, I believe that publishing a book like this one about an expired agency is exceedingly relevant to current needs.

This is so because one of the most pressing current problems facing our federal establishment is the propensity of each agency and department to view problems from the standpoint of its own particular mission. The result is that a comprehensive viewpoint is often lacking and the interrelations among problems are neglected, with the resolution within . . .

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