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Infrastructure and nation building: The regulation and financing of network transportation infrastructures in Spain (1720-2010)

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  • Germà Bel

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

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This paper analyzes Spanish infrastructure policy since the early 1700s: Road building in the eighteenth century, railway creation and expansion in the nineteenth, motorway expansion in the twentieth, and high speed rail development in the twenty-first. The analysis reveals a long-term pattern, in which infrastructure policy in Spain has been driven not by the requirements of commerce and economic activity, but rather by the desire to centralize transportation around the country’s political capital. As commerce has been unable to sustain the development of this policy, regulation and subsidies from the national budget have regularly been used to decide the priorities regarding infrastructure creation and to fund the development, maintenance, and operation of the networks.

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  • Germà Bel, 2010. "Infrastructure and nation building: The regulation and financing of network transportation infrastructures in Spain (1720-2010)," IREA Working Papers 201016, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Sep 2010.
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