1st Edition

US Infrastructure Challenges and Directions for the 21st Century

Edited By Aman Khan, Klaus Becker Copyright 2020
    342 Pages 89 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    342 Pages 89 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents an in-depth look at US infrastructure and its challenges in the 21st century.

    While infrastructure has received considerable attention in recent years, much of the discussion has concentrated on physical, economic, or noneconomic conditions. The Trump administration has heightened interest in the topic, promising infrastructure spending during his tenure, yet little demonstrable progress has been made. This book brings together a multi-disciplinary perspective—structural, technological, economic, financial, political, planning, and policy—that has been largely absent in discussions on the subject, to provide a clearer and broader understanding of the challenges facing US infrastructure. The book is divided into three parts: Part I looks at the challenges from a structural, technological, and sustainability perspective; Part II from an economic, productivity, and finance perspective; and Part III from an institutional, security, and political perspective.

    Written primarily for policy makers, managers, and administrators in public and private organizations, as well as individuals and academics with an interest in the future of US infrastructure, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the US infrastructure problem, its causes and consequences, and suggests timely, specific measures that may be taken at the state, local, and federal levels to improve and better secure our roads, transit, public buildings, economy, and technology.

    Forward - Brian J.L. Berry

    Preface - Aman Khan and Klaus Becker

    Chapter 1: US Infrastructure: An Overview of Issues and Opportunities

    Rosabeth Moss Kanter

    Part I: Structure, Technological Innovation and Sustainability

    Chapter 2: State of US Infrastructure: Current and Future Perspective

    Bjorn Birgisson and Robert L. Lytton

    Chapter 3: Technological Innovation and Intelligent Transportation Systems for the US: Perspectives for the 21st Century

    Stephen G. Ritchie, Craig Rindt, and Dean Deeter

    Chapter 4: Information Technology and US Infrastructure: Perspectives for the 21st Century

    Burcu Akinci and Varun Kasireddy

    Chapter 5: Enhancing Sustainability of Transportation Infrastructure in the 21st Century: The Case for Using Increased Recycled Materials in Pavement Construction

    Musharraf Zaman, Rouzbeh Ghabchi and Zahid Hossain

    Chapter 6: The Sustainability Myth: How a Changing Climate Alters the Paradigms of Infrastructure Design and Maintenance

    Katharine Hayhoe

    Part II: Economics, Productivity, and Finance

    Chapter 7: Microeconomic Perspectives on US Transportation Infrastructure: Challenges and Directions for the 21st Century

    Ian Savage

    Chapter 8: Critical Macroeconomic and Multisectoral Perspectives on US Infrastructure: Challenges and Directions for the 21st Century

    Haider A. Khan

    Chapter 9: Cross State Variation in the Characteristics, Effects and Financing of US Highways

    Randall W. Eberts

    Chapter 10: Infrastructure Productivity and the US Economy: Prospects for the 21st Century

    Olga Murova and Aman Khan

    Chapter 11: Financing US Infrastructure: Choices for the 21st Century

    Martin Wachs

    Chapter 12: Public-Private Partnership and the Future of US Infrastructure

    Jonathan. L. Gifford

    Part III: Institutions, Security and Politics

    Chapter 13: US Infrastructure Gap(s): Federal Policy and Local Public Institutions

    Michael Bennon, Julie Kim and Raymond Levitt

    Chapter 14: Planning Robust 21st Century US Urban Infrastructure: Socially Driven Transitions from Pre-Industrial, Carbon Intensive and Carbon-Sensitive Infrastructure

    Rae Zimmerman, Nancy B. Grimm and Alice Brawley-Chesworth

    Chapter 15: Energy Infrastructure Security: Challenges and Directions for the 21st Century

    Annette Sobel, Brian Ancell and Richard Lanza

    Chapter 16: Infrastructure Politics: Implications for a Cohesive National Transportation Policy in the 21st Century

    Richardson Dilworth


    Aman Khan, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Director of the Institute of Governmental Finance at Texas Tech University.

    Klaus Becker, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and the current Chair of the Department of Economics at Texas Tech University.