Edited by Hugo Priemus and Bert van Wee
Chapter 1: Mega-projects: high ambitions, complex decision-making, different actors, multiple impacts
Most mega-projects are the result of public investment, which forms a large share of public budgets. This explains the high political profile of most mega-projects. Mega-projects are costly but – in most cases – they are also very useful, because they connect different cities, regions and parts of one or more countries, and they can be crucial for the accessibility of those areas. In this International Handbook, ‘mega-projects’ are defined as large infrastructure projects for the transportation of people and/or goods. They could be main roads, conventional, high-speed or light rail projects, bridges, tunnels or combinations of any of these. We do not adopt a particular sum of investment as a minimum criterion to define a ‘mega-project’.
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