This article investigates how policy narratives developed by proponents and opponents of infrastructure megaprojects generate controversies that affect the megaproject implementation. Drawing evidence from the Lyon-Turin high-speed railway, we argue that megaproject implementation is a complex public management endeavour which can hardly be considered a rational, straightforward process. It is rather a non- linear process involving stakeholders with divergent interests and logics of action engaging in a battle over competing narratives to influence implementation out- comes. Institutional settings opened to opponents’ voice in megaproject decision- making facilitate and streamline the resolution of controversies, whereas difficult and conflictual conditions emerge in the opposite case.

Policy narratives and megaprojects: the case of the Lyon-Turin high-speed railway / Giovanni Esposito; Andrea Terlizzi; Nathalie Crutzen. - In: PUBLIC MANAGEMENT REVIEW. - ISSN 1471-9037. - STAMPA. - 24:(2022), pp. 55-79. [10.1080/14719037.2020.1795230]

Policy narratives and megaprojects: the case of the Lyon-Turin high-speed railway

Giovanni Esposito;Andrea Terlizzi;
2022

Abstract

This article investigates how policy narratives developed by proponents and opponents of infrastructure megaprojects generate controversies that affect the megaproject implementation. Drawing evidence from the Lyon-Turin high-speed railway, we argue that megaproject implementation is a complex public management endeavour which can hardly be considered a rational, straightforward process. It is rather a non- linear process involving stakeholders with divergent interests and logics of action engaging in a battle over competing narratives to influence implementation out- comes. Institutional settings opened to opponents’ voice in megaproject decision- making facilitate and streamline the resolution of controversies, whereas difficult and conflictual conditions emerge in the opposite case.
2022
24
55
79
Giovanni Esposito; Andrea Terlizzi; Nathalie Crutzen
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