International Handbook on Mega-Projects
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International Handbook on Mega-Projects

Edited by Hugo Priemus and Bert van Wee

This comprehensive and accessible Handbook presents state-of-the-art research on the decision-making processes in the deliverance of mega-projects – large infrastructure projects for the transportation of people and/or goods.
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Chapter 1: Mega-projects: high ambitions, complex decision-making, different actors, multiple impacts

Hugo Priemus and Bert van Wee


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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