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The Infrastructured State

Territoriality and the National Infrastructure System

Colin Turner

At the core of the logic of this book is that states engage in infrastructuring as a means of securing and enhancing their territoriality. By positioning infrastructure as a system, there is a presumption that all infrastructures exhibit some degree of mutual dependence. As such, a National Infrastructure System (NIS) is not simply about conventional conceptions of infrastructure based on those that support economic activity (i.e. energy, transport and information) but also about broader hard and soft structures that both enable and are supported by the aforementioned economic infrastructures. Consequently, this book offers an ambitious holistic view on the form of NIS arguing that the infrastructural mandate requires a conception of the state that encapsulates themes from both the competition and the welfare states in infrastructure provision.
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Colin Turner

1.1   Infrastructure vs suprastructure

1.2   A simple typology of the components of the NIS

1.3   The core facets of a national infrastructure system

1.4   Barriers to adaptation within infrastructure systems

2.1   The components and functions of national transportation infrastructure

2.2   Major environmental effects of transport

3.1   Methods for asserting cyber sovereignty

4.1   Adaptive tensions within the NEI and energy trilemma

6.1   The infrastructural mandate and soft infrastructure

6.2   The soft infrastructure component of hard infrastructure systems

6.3   Political and regulatory infrastructure investment risks across the life cycle of infrastructure development

7.1   Broad categories of social infrastructure

8.1   The interacting components of the NIS

8.2   The infrastructural mandate and the NIS components