In this book, Germá Bel analyses the factors that have been crucial in the process of the construction of the Radial State in Spain: the politico-administrative capital of Madrid and the radial system of transport and communications. These actions have been driven by administrative and political objectives, rather than economic dynamics, following a continuous and regular historical pattern since the 18th Century. This explains why the infrastructure policies in contemporary Spain are so distinct from the countries around it and why they are supported by such a wide consensus. This leads the author to conclude that “after over a decade of rigid infrastructure policy, it might be a good idea to just stop and think.”
With this title, first published in 2010 and now extended, Germà Bel has become an essential voice in the debate about the management of infrastructures and transport policies.
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