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História Econômica: grandes obras elegem ditadores?

Como brasileiros adoram votar em políticos que fazem grandes promessas de infra-estrutura, dentre outras, não custa lembrar que nem sempre o final da história é feliz.

Eis aí um exemplo.

HIGHWAY TO HITLER
Nico Voigtländer & Hans-Joachim Voth

Abstract: Can infrastructure investment win “hearts and minds”? We analyze a famous case in the early stages of dictatorship – the building of the motorway network in Nazi Germany. The Autobahn was one of the most important projects of the Hitler government. It was intended to reduce unemployment, and was widely used for propaganda purposes. We examine its role in increasing support for the NS regime by analyzing new data on
motorway construction and the 1934 plebiscite, which gave Hitler greater powers as head of state. Our results suggest that road building was highly effective, reducing opposition
to the nascent Nazi regime.

Pois é. Controlar o uso dos recursos públicos não tem apenas um lado, digamos, contábil. Não se trata apenas de ciclo político-econômico. Pode significar evitar algo bem mais sério…