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US Infrastructure
Challenges and Directions for the 21st Century

Edited By

Aman Khan


Klaus Becker

ISBN 9781138543300
Published September 23, 2019 by Routledge
342 Pages 89 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.