Design by Deception: The Politics of Megaproject Approval

Harvard Design Magazine, Spring/Summer, no. 22, pp. 50-59

10 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2013 Last revised: 24 Jun 2013

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Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

Some years ago, I was threatened by a high-ranking government official as I was beginning research on cost overrun in large public works projects. The official told me in no uncertain terms that if I came up with results that reflected badly on his government and its projects he would personally make sure my research funds dried up. I replied he had just demonstrated the research must be done and was likely to produce interesting results. The results are now being published and if the official walks his talk, I will never receive another research grant.

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Suggested Citation

Flyvbjerg, Bent, Design by Deception: The Politics of Megaproject Approval (June 2005). Harvard Design Magazine, Spring/Summer, no. 22, pp. 50-59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2238047

Bent Flyvbjerg (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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