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 11: Multi-actor and multi-criteria analysis in evaluating mega-projects

Cathy Macharis and Peter Nijkamp


Mega-projects, such as the Channel Tunnel (Norman and Vickerman,1999), the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Portugal (Branco et al., 2000), the Millau Viaduct in France (Campagnac, 2010) and the Rion-Antirrion Bridge in Greece (Kaparos, 2010), imply a great political, economic and environmental impact (Flyvbjerg et al., 2003). These impacts have recently been given considerably more attention due to the growing number of regulatory restrictions concerning the environment, the economy and other important aspects. Also the fact that many projects have shown poor results with regard to their planning and implementation (Priemus et al., 2008) is an important reason for an increasing interest in the search for a framework that is able to deal with a multiplicity of planning aspects.

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