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By Frank Dobbin

The us, France, and Britain use markedly other kinds of business guidelines to foster fiscal progress. to appreciate the origins of those various rules, this publication examines the evolution of public rules governing one of many first sleek industries, the railroads. the writer demanding situations traditional considering in economics, political technological know-how, and sociology by way of arguing that cultural which means performs a massive function within the improvement of purportedly rational guidelines designed to advertise business progress. This ebook has implications for the learn of rational associations of all kinds, together with technology, administration, and economics, in addition to for the learn of tradition.

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First, governments regularly neglected to exercise normal shareholder rights in the corporations they had invested in. Virginia actually passed a law forbidding majority government representation on railway company boards, regardless of the level of government investment. Between them, the state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore held the lion's share of B 8c O stock, but they refused to accept a majority of the voting seats on the board and never even asked to review the company's accounts (Hungerford 1928).

Finally, in 1884 the GTC reached agreement on standard nationwide signaling procedures. Federal imposition of signaling standards had been steadfastly opposed by railwaymen, who disputed the government's right to interfere in any way with internal operations (Dunlavy forthcoming). Fourth, Congress left decisions about the use of rudimentary safety devices, such as brakes and emergency cords, to the railroads until very late in the century. As a result, many trains operated without even the most elementary of safety appliances (Haney 1910).

In the case of the first Pacific charter, the Central Pacific was to begin building from Omaha and the Union Pacific was to begin from Sacramento. To speed construction, Congress set up *a rivalry in the form of a race from the two endpoints to the center, by letting the exact meeting place be determined by the speed of construction of each company. Each would win the land grants and loan guarantees that went along with the portion of track it built. The system of administration. In devising a scheme for aiding railways, Congress's foremost concern was to come up with a system that Land grant proponents argued that the federal government was charged with promoting the nation's interest.

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