EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Knowledge that matters for the ‘survival of unfittest’: The case of the new Brussels' rail junction

Nicola Francesco Dotti ()

Transport Policy, 2018, vol. 63, issue C, 131-140

Abstract: The construction of a large metropolitan infrastructure, like other megaprojects, requires advanced technical expertise, capacity to manage complex procedures and planning processes as well as capacity to deal with conflicting interests. For the case of megaprojects, overestimation of benefits and underestimation of costs and risks is a common problem all over the world, leading to the ‘survival of the unfittest’ (Flyvbjerg, 2009). The main causes were identified in the optimism bias, strategic misrepresentation, path dependency leading to lock-in and poor oversight; however, the ‘survival’ of these causes is still unclear. For this purpose, the survival of the unfittest megaprojects is re-conceptualised into a proper cognitive-evolutionary framework. By introducing an innovative taxonomy of policy knowledge, this paper aims to argue that a specific policy community can ‘survive’ by strategically using a ‘cognitive monopoly’ of some of the relevant policy knowledge for megaprojects.

Keywords: Policy knowledge; Megaproject; Decentralisation; Brussels; Cognitive monopoly (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967070X16306072
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
Working Paper: Knowledge that matters for the 'survival of unfittest’: The case of the new Brussels' rail junction (2018)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:trapol:v:63:y:2018:i:c:p:131-140

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/supportfaq.cws_home/regional
https://shop.elsevie ... _01_ooc_1&version=01

Access Statistics for this article

Transport Policy is currently edited by Y. Hayashi

More articles in Transport Policy from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-26
Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:63:y:2018:i:c:p:131-140