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The politics of building roads – an example

May 22nd, 2014

I have no comment to make on this research other than noting Australia is now in a road building phase.

Nazi pork and popularity: How Hitler’s roads won German hearts and minds

The Hitler government built the world’s first nationwide motorway network. We examine the impact of road-building on the popularity of the Nazi regime. Using shifts in electoral support between 1933 and 1934, we conclude that ‘pork barrel’ spending worked in reducing opposition to the regime – wherever the new roads ran, fewer Germans voted against the government in elections and plebiscites. At least part of the regime’s popularity after 1934 can be explained by the popularity of the Autobahn.

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