Grants-In-Aid under the Public Works Administration: A Study in Federal--State--Local Relations

Grants-In-Aid under the Public Works Administration: A Study in Federal--State--Local Relations

Grants-In-Aid under the Public Works Administration: A Study in Federal--State--Local Relations

Grants-In-Aid under the Public Works Administration: A Study in Federal--State--Local Relations

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One of the major governmental developments stimulated by the economic depression that began in I929 has been an increase in the importance of federal grants-in-aid. In several recent works, students of administration have turned their attention to the ever-increasing bonds between the federal government and the states. The present volume is concerned with a practice sufficiently different from traditional grants-in-aid to deserve special study. The organization and procedure of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works have been profoundly influenced by the fact that a new pattern of federal-state-local relationships was being woven. Not only do the public works grants and loans represent federal financial assistance in a new field, but they are also characterized by unaccustomed direct contacts between Washington and the local governments.

The introductory chapter of this study is designed to show the increasing interest of the federal government after I93O in encouraging state and local public construction, culminating in the offer of federal grants and loans for construction projects theretofore planned, financed, and undertaken wholly by state or local governments. No attempt is made in this study of administration either to justify or to condemn the " pump-priming " philosophy that led to the creation of the P.W.A. That is a battleground for the economists. Chapter 2 seeks to give a bird's-eye view of the task of the new agency by sketching briefly its purposes, the statutes under which it operated, and its accomplishments as measured by the allotments made. In successive chapters, the organizational problems of the P.W.A. are discussed, as well as the methods used to evaluate project proposals, distribute the available funds, and enforce the federal regulations under which the funds were to be spent. The effect that participation in the non-federal program had upon state and local law is treated in chapter 6. In the concluding chapter . . .

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