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The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern StateGovernance Challenges and Administrative Capacities$
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Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716365.001.0001

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Governance Dilemmas of the Contemporary State

Governance Dilemmas of the Contemporary State

The Politics of Infrastructure Policy

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The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State

Jacint Jordana

Oxford University Press

In this age of multi-level governance, regulatory policy and regulatory instruments promise to solve recurrent problems of infrastructure provision, offering more resources for infrastructure investments—mainly from private sources; stable regulatory oversight—involving better knowledge on the part of experts and scientists; and more efficiently designed infrastructure policies with long-term perspectives. However, after decades of reform, the doubts about whether these promises have been fulfilled are great. This chapter identifies three main challenges to the governance of infrastructure—finding the most appropriate combination of public and private involvement (e.g. public–private partnerships), identifying the proper level for infrastructure provision, and designing decision-making processes that ensure democratic legitimacy. The chapter also considers how regulatory strategies have sought to offer viable solutions.

Keywords:   democratic legitimacy, multi-level governance, public–private partnership, infrastructure investments, regulatory instruments

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