The Newberry Seminar on Technology, Politics, and Culture, co-sponsored by University of Illinois at Chicago, Roosevelt University, and Northwestern University presents:
The Politics of "Boondoggling": The Works Progress Administration and Welfare as We Once Knew It
Jason Smith, Harvard Business School March 14, 2003, 3:30-5:30 pm
Although the term "boondoggle" has remained part of the American political vocabulary, between 1935 and 1938 new Dealers were able to counter effectively critics who charged that the New Deal's public works projects were wasteful and inefficient. Their success was due, in part, to the national scope of New Deal public works programs. As the U.S. Community Appraisal and other surveys taken by the Works Progress Administration indicated, localities wanted their WPA projects. An examination of how the WPA functioned at the level of the project site better demonstrates how New Deal public works became a controversial political issues. This paper argues that the issue of patronage provides a superior guide to tracing the power and limits of the New Deal.
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