Integrating recent research in the fields of public administration, public finance, institutional economics, and policy analysis, this book shows how institutional arrangements and the incentives they generate can help or hinder development efforts. The authors present a method for systematically comparing alternative institutional arrangements for the development of rural infrastructure. Their analysis reveals the special strengths and weaknesses of polycentric as compared to centralized or decentralized institutional arrangements. Descriptions of a variety of infrastructure projects--including roads, bridges, and irrigation systems--in geographical settings as diverse as Africa, Asia, and Latin America are used to illustrate key concepts. The book is organized in ten chapters as follows: (1) The Role of Infrastructure in Development; (2) The Problem of Sustainable Infrastructure; (3) Individuals, Incentives, and Transaction Costs; (4) Provision and Production of Rural Infrastructure; (5) Evaluating Institutional Performance; (6) Analyzing Institutional Arrangements; (7) Centralized Institutional Arrangements; (8) Decentralized Institutional Arrangements; (9) Polycentric Institutional Arrangements; and (10) Implications of an Institutional Approach to Sustainable Development. An Index is provided.

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    • This book is part of the Theoretical Lenses on Public Policy Series, edited by P.A. Sabatier
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    Westview Press

    5500 Central Avenue
    Boulder, CO  United States  80301-2877
  • Authors:
    • Ostrom, E
    • Schroeder, L
    • Wynne, S
  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 288 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00633274
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0813316197
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 7 1993 12:00AM