Brett M. Frischmann

in Infrastructure

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895656
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933280 | DOI:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. Multiple market failures are endemic to public, social, and mixed infrastructures, and there is no convincing a priori justification for the opposing baseline, supporting a freedom to discriminate. In the end, reforming our approach to infrastructure policy requires much more than a public commitment to managing public, social, and mixed infrastructures as a commons, but this would be a significant step forward. Adopting a capacious view of infrastructure allows us to “see” the wide range of infrastructural resources that we too often take for granted. A demand-side approach assists in making this view more clear and helps explain why it is obscured by our current supply-side focus. Though different in important ways, roads, telecommunications networks, the atmosphere, and ideas are actually similar in very important ways as well. It is critical to appreciate the foundational, enabling role of these and many other shared infrastructures and to see how the same infrastructure policy issues arise across various systems and policy arenas.

Keywords: infrastructure theory; infrastructure policy; commons management; demand-side approach

Chapter.  2146 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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