Physical Infrastructure Development: Balancing the Growth, Equity, and Environment Imperatives

Paperback | September 13, 2011

EditorWilliam Ascher

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Physical Infrastructure Development addresses the key challenges of balancing economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection in the development of major physical infrastructure, ranging from transport to energy. The contributions, reflecting the perspectives of economics, engineering, planning, political science, and urban design,  examine the impact of alternative financing and pricing arrangements on the sharing of burdens and benefits, and the opportunities and risks of  public-private partnerships. They also assess the emerging approaches for restoring ecosystems degraded by past infrastructure development, and the strategies for promoting farsighted infrastructure planning and protecting vulnerable people impacted by physical infrastructure expansion.

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Physical Infrastructure Development addresses the key challenges of balancing economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection in the development of major physical infrastructure, ranging from transport to energy. The contributions, reflecting the perspectives of economics, engineering, planning, political science, an...

William Ascher is Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College, and the director of the Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America. He is the author of Why Governments Waste Natural Resources and Bringing in the Future.  Corinne Krupp is Associate Professor of the Practice of Pu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338364

ISBN - 13:9780230338364

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Table of Contents

Rethinking Infrastructure Development--William Ascher and Corinne Krupp * Distributional Implications of Alternative * William Ascher and Corinne Krupp * Beyond Privatization--Richard Little * Infrastructure Development in India and China--Julie Kim and Rita Nangia * Physical Infrastructure as a Challenge for Far-sighted Thinking and Action--William Ascher * Transit Transformations--Robert Cervero * Urban Reclamation and Regeneration in Seoul, South Korea--Robert Cervero * Electrifying Rural Areas--Corinne Krupp * Infrastructure and Inclusive Development through ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ of Indigenous People--Rosemary Fernholz

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"This book makes important contributions to the critical debate on how to achieve sustainable infrastructure development, by balancing the sometimes conflicting concerns over economic growth, environmental protection, and social equity.  The chapter on 'Beyond Privatization' by R. Little is particularly interesting, as it provides both infrastructure professionals as well as lay persons with an excellent overview of the different Public Private Participation (PPP) options, their respective strengthens and weaknesses, and vivid examples of where such options have succeed or fallen short when applied in the real world.  I would highly recommend this publication to both academics as well as practitioners who want to better understand the wide-ranging challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in fostering effective public-private sector partnerships for infrastructure development."--Tom Zearley, Lead Operations Officer (retired), World Bank“Among other audiences, this book offers indispensable advice to governments at all levels – in both developed and developing countries – about the complex endeavor of planning, adopting, and maintaining new, physical infrastructure projects. Contributing authors explore problems that are too frequently downplayed by governments. Equity implications of different infrastructure financing schemes, the reconciliation of public and private investors’ notions of risk, and infrastructure’s varying impacts on poor peoples’ livelihoods and health – among many other considerations – must be embedded into the decision calculus. These weighty concerns do not necessarily preclude infrastructure investments, the authors carefully explain. Rather, their careful consideration improves the likelihood that physical infrastructure projects actually deliver what they promise.”--Matthew R. Auer, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs and Dean of the Hutton Honors College, Indiana University