Infrastructure Policy and Governance Failures

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) Working Paper No. 2012:5

35 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2013

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Daniel A. Benitez

Universite de Toulouse; CEER-UADE

Antonio Estache

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Tina Søreide

University of Bergen, Faculty of Law; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

Interventions to fix market failures in infrastructure have often resulted in some form of governance failure and this contributes importantly to explain shortcomings in the supply of infrastructure services in developing countries and increasingly in developed countries in crisis. The development community continues to address sector dysfunctions from the sector level, often with a ‘one solution fits all’ approach, instead of approaching the political level, which is considered more challenging. This paper presents a systematic review of experiences with policy work in light of political economy explanations. Governance failures have different explanations – including populism, patronage, corruption or ownership shares in the private sector. This paper offers a structured framework for identifying the given governance challenge and discusses the need for more tailor-made approaches to sector-reform.

Keywords: Political economy, infrastructure, corruption

Suggested Citation

Benitez, Daniel A. and Estache, Antonio and Søreide, Tina, Infrastructure Policy and Governance Failures (August 1, 2012). Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) Working Paper No. 2012:5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2334625 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2334625

Daniel A. Benitez

Universite de Toulouse ( email )

Place Anatole France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

CEER-UADE

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Antonio Estache

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) ( email )

Ave. Franklin D Roosevelt, 50 - C.P. 114
Brussels, B-1050
Belgium
32 (0)2 6503838 (Phone)

Tina Søreide (Contact Author)

University of Bergen, Faculty of Law ( email )

Norway

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) ( email )

P.O.Box 6033 Bedriftssenteret
N-5892 Bergen, 5006
Norway

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