Government Ownership of Railroads

Government Ownership of Railroads

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...in the French Cabinet. He says: ' The working of state railroads is more costly for France than had been foreseen by its adversaries. It has proved the powerlessness of Parliament to control such undertakings. It has set up a class of workmen and employees who consider that the line is run for their benefit and not for the convenience of the shippers or travelers. It has dealt a hard blow to public credit in France.' Another view of the conditions in France is given by Pierre LeKoy Beaulieu, who says: "From all points of view, the experience of state railways in France is unfavorable, as was foreseen by all those who had reflected upon the bad results given by the other industrial undertakings of the state, such as telephones, matches, and many others. The state, above all an elective administration, cannot be a good commercial manager. It works expensively and is powerless before its employees.' The inevitable mixture of politics and labor unions to the cost of the government is clearly set forth by the Hon. Evelyn Cecil, a member of the French Parliament. Discusing his investigation of the operations of the Western Railway, owned by the French government, he says: "Its enormously enhanced deficit, its greater inefficiency of operation, and the insubordination of its staff since it has been taken over by the state are now notorious, and even affect English and Continental traffic to Normandy and Brittany. These disastrous results were preceded by a large increase in the number of employees, on the acquisition of the railways by the government, which has in no way been justified by increased efficiency. Under state management the discipline necessary to the best administration is disregarded by employees, who are mostly electors, while...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236578708
  • 9781236578709