Paper $65.50 ISBN: 9789053566053 Published September 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Infrastructures

Time to Invest

Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy

Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

224 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2008
Paper $65.50 ISBN: 9789053566053 Published September 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
All sectors of the Dutch infrastructures have undergone a degree of commercialisation, liberalisation or privatisation over the last ten to twenty years.  Where in the past the infrastructure landscape was dominated by public monopolies, the ownership and management of infrastructures is today shared by several public and private sector players.  The original goals of this 'regime change' have in many cases been achieved: greater efficiency, a greater focus on the customer and more choice for consumers.

The question is whether this emphasis on current consumer interests allows enough scope to achieve long-term objectives which affect the whole of our society: innovation, long-term availability and sustainability of infrastructures.  This is of crucial importance for economic and social development, which is coming under increasing pressure due to the combined impact of the exhaustion of natural resources and climate change.

The transition to a sustainable future demands substantial investment in infrastructures, which cannot be taken for granted in the present situation.  The WRR has investigated how these investments could be safeguarded in the long term, whilst retaining the efficiency of the infrastructures.
Contents
Summary in Dutch
Executive summary
Preface

1   Introduction

2   Regime change and investment in infrastructures

3   A new constellation of actors

4   Infrastructures in a multi-level arena

5   Regime change and public values in infrastructures

6   Regime change and the investment in energy infrastructure

7   Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Characteristics of the physical infrastructures: An indicative inventory

Abbreviations
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