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.
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 Public Policy at Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy, and serves as the Director of Graduate Studies of the Sanford School’s Master in International Development Policy.