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Institutional incentives and sustainable development: infrastructure policies in perspective

Author: Ostrom, Elinor ; Schroeder, Larry ; Wynne, Susan Series: Theoretical lenses on public policy Publisher: Westview Press, 1993.Language: EnglishDescription: 266 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780813316192Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Institutional Incentives and Sustainable Development Infrastructure Policies in Perspective Contents List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction, Paul A. Sabatier, Series Editor 1 The Role of Infrastructure in Development Postwar Development Initiatives, 2 Foreign Assistance Strategies, 3 The Role of Social Infrastructure, 6 An Institutional Approach to Explaining Development Outcomes, 8 The Importance of Physical Infrastructure, 10 What Do We Mean by Infrastructure Sustainability? 13 A Definition, 13 Evaluative Criteria, 16 An Overview of Our Approach, 18 Conclusion, 21 Notes, 22 2 The Problem of Sustainable Infrastructure Infrastructure Maintenance and Its Finance, 25 Phases of Infrastructure Development, 29 Design, 29 Finance, 32 Construction, 32 Operation and Maintenance, 33 Use, 33 Factors Influencing Maintenance Decisions of a Single Owner-User of Private Capital, 34 Conclusion, 40 Notes, 41 25 xiii xv xvii 1 3 Individuals, Incentives, and Transaction Costs Assumptions About the Individual, 44 Problems of Contractual Uncertainty and Transaction Costs, 46 Information Asymmetries as Sources of Contractual Uncertainty, 49 Time and Place Information and Scientific Knowledge, 49 Other Types of Information Asymmetries, 55 Kinship Networks as Counteracting Institutions, 62 Nepotism and Corruption, 65 Conclusion, 68 Notes, 71 4 Provision and Production of Rural Infrastructure Distinction Between Provision and Production, 74 Attributes of Rural Infrastructure Primarily Affecting Provision, 76 Nonexciudability and the Free-Rider Problem, 77 Problems of Joint Use, 84 Problems of Measurement, 90 Problems of Rent Seeking, % Attributes of Rural Infrastructure Primarily Affecting Production, 97 Economies of Scale, 97 Asset Specificity, 102 Rate of Deterioration, 103 Public-Private Industry Structure, 104 Conclusion, 105 Notes, 108 5 Evaluating Institutional Performance Overall Performance Criteria, 112 Economic Efficiency, 112 Equity, 113 Accountability, 115 Adaptability, 116 Trade-offs Among Criteria, 116 43 73 111 Intermediate Performance Criteria,118 Costs of Provision, 119 Costs of Production, 122 Conclusion, 124 Notes, 125 6 Analyzing Institutional Arrangements Institutional Arrangements for Private Infrastructure Development, 128 A Simple Market, 128 A Differentiated Market for Infrastructure Development, 129 Comparative Evaluation, 131 Institutional Arrangements for Public Infrastructure Development, 134 User Groups, 134 Comparative Performance, 135 Conclusion, 139 Notes, 139 7 Centralized Institutional Arrangements Centralized Infrastructure Development, 142 Anticipated Performance on the Production Side,143 Anticipated Performance on the Provision Side, 148 Anticipated Overall Performance, 151 The Problem of Truncated Analyses, 154 The Role of Donor Agencies, 156 Conclusion, 159 Notes, 161 8 Decentralized Institutional Arrangements Decentralization Efforts, 164 The Evolving Meaning of Decentralization, 165 Multiple Dimensions of Decentralization, 166 Does Administrative Decentralization Improve the Performance of Centralized National Governments? 168 Conclusion, 175 Notes, 175 163 141 127 9 Polycentric Institutional Arrangements 177 The Concept of Polycentricity, 178 Economic Rationale for Polycentricity, 181 The Possibility of Polycentricity in Developing Countries, 184 Sources of Polycentricity, 185 Principles Versus Blueprints, 191 Some Common Concerns About Polycentric Arrangements, 192 Governance Issues, 193 Finance Issues, 202 Privatization as a Form of Decentralization, 206 Public Concessions as a Buttress for Centralization, 207 Monopolies Versus Competitive Markets, 208 Privatization Is Not a Panacea, 208 Conclusion, 209 Notes, 210 10 Implications of an Institutional Approach to Sustainable Development The Proposed Analytical Approach, 215 General Policy Implications of Our Approach, 218 Immediate Policy Implications of Our Approach, 223 Sustaining Small-scale Infrastructure, 224 Sustaining Large-scale Infrastructure, 227 Conclusion, 230 Notes, 231 References About the Book and Authors Index 235 256 257 213

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