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- Author: Anthony Downs
- Publication Date: 01-2004
- Content Type: Policy Brief
- Institution: The Brookings Institution
- Abstract: Rising traffic congestion is an inescapable condition in large and growing metropolitan areas across the world, from Los Angeles to Tokyo, from Cairo to Sao Paolo. Peak-hour traffic congestion is an inherent result of the way modern societies operate. It stems from the widespread desires of people to pursue certain goals that inevitably overload existing roads and transit systems every day. But everyone hates traffic congestion, and it keeps getting worse, in spite of attempted remedies. Commuters are often frustrated by policymakers' inability to do anything about the problem, which poses a significant public policy challenge. Although governments may never be able to eliminate road congestion, there are several ways cities and states can move to curb it.
- Topic: International Relations, Foreign Policy, Government, Political Economy
- Political Geography: Tokyo, Los Angeles
- Author: Karlyn H. Bowman
- Publication Date: 08-2003
- Content Type: Working Paper
- Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
- Abstract: Democrats lead Republicans by a substantial margin nationally as the party best able to handle environmental issues, as the first table in this collection shows. The second table looks at the power of the issue on Election Day. In 2000, for example, 9 percent of voters nationwide told exit pollsters from the Los Angeles Times that the environment was one of the top two issues for them in casting their vote. These voters pulled the lever for Gore over Bush, by 76 to 12 percent. As in elections past, other issues were more important to larger numbers of voters. In the 2000 Los Angeles Times exit poll, almost four times as many voters (35 percent) checked morals/ethical values as the top issue for them on the exit poll ballot.
- Topic: Environment, Government, Science and Technology, Treaties and Agreements
- Political Geography: Los Angeles