Critical infrastructures and the tragedy of the commons dilemma: Implications from institutional restructuring on reliability and safety
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Through the influence of neoliberal ideas, many critical infrastructures that used to be under public ownership have been opened up for market competition. Using the Swedish railway system as a case, this paper empirically explores whether such reforms have given rise to common-pool resource problems, and discusses possible implications. The results show that institutional restructuring has created challenges related to balancing the use of the infrastructure with a sufficient level of maintenance. The paper concludes that the main value of analysing critical infrastructures from the perspective of common-pool resources is the possibility of juxtaposing the way organizational and institutional interactions across scales generate both short-term gains and long-term negative side effects influencing reliability and safety.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Journal||Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 2019 Feb 11|