Title: From clouds to hailstorms: a policy and administrative science perspective on safeguarding public values in networked infrastructures

Authors: Wijnand Veeneman, Willemijn Dicke, Mark De Bruijne

Addresses: Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5015, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands. ' Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5015, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands. ' Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5015, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands

Abstract: This paper analyses how public values are achieved in Dutch infrastructures and distinguishes four crucial stages in decision making processes: the advocacy process, the political process, the bureaucratic process and the provision process. An important conclusion of this paper is that the character of public values undergoes significant changes in each of these stages of the decision-making process, generally from more abstract notions to more concrete. With the level of abstraction, the content of the public value also tends to shift from stage to stage. We conclude that a balanced repertoire of safeguarding mechanisms should address the various stages.

Keywords: public values; infrastructures; decision making; policy science; administrative science; water sector; public transport; power sector; energy sector; The Netherlands.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2009.025080

International Journal of Public Policy, 2009 Vol.4 No.5, pp.414 - 434

Available online: 12 May 2009 *

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