Book Reviews: Rothians versus a Rothbardian
the State, with its different levels f jurisdictin and administratins,and few peple culd imagine any ther alternative. As it is stated by Blck, “The institutin f gvernment has planned, built,managed and maintained ur highway netwrk fr s lng that fewpeple can imagine any ther wrkable pssibility.” (p. 8) These tw bks cntest the idea that nly the gvernment is able t managethe highway netwrk and prvide the ptential private alternativest the public management f highways. They will be cmpared tdetermine the difference between these tw appraches, which,althugh they agree n the need t break with the present traditinf state highway management, are rather different in terms f themethds and prcesses f refrm t be implemented.
1. Block’s ApproAch: A review of 30reseArch YeArs
The wrk by Walter Blck cnsists f many previusly publishedpapers, especially in the
Journal of Libertarian Studies
. Any relevantinvestigatin f the market’s capabilities t manage bth the building and the management f the rad netwrk will have trefer t Blck’s essential cntributins in chapters 1 t 4 f this bk. Hwever, what is interesting in this wrk is the prpsedperspective, that is the cnsistent review f the whle prductin bythe authr. Abut thirty years f wrk are cmpiled in a single bk,dening the theretical apprach and prviding the basis f a freemarket in rad services, with cncrete applicatins (the insurancemanagement, the prductin f netwrk use standards…). Blck als reserves signicant space fr the mdalities f the privati-zatin prcess f the rad netwrk, and a last sectin (the weakerne accrding t us) t the debate with ther authrs.
While the usual critics f gvernment interventin int highwayinfrastructure management fcus mainly n csts and cngestin,Blck is breaking with this apprach in a clever manner. While hedes nt neglect the cnsequences f the lack f infrastructure-use pricing, (Chapter 2), Blck widens the tpic t denunce the