Inverse Infrastructures: Disrupting Networks from Below

Inverse Infrastructures: Disrupting Networks from Below

By: Tineke M. Egyedi (editor), Donna C. Mehos (editor)Hardback

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The notion of inverse infrastructures - that is, bottom-up, user-driven, self-organizing networks - gives us a fresh perspective on the omnipresent infrastructure systems that support our economy and structure our way of living. This fascinating book considers the emergence of inverse infrastructures as a new phenomenon that will have a vast impact on consumers, industry and policy. Using a wide range of theories, from institutional economics to complex adaptive systems, it explores the mechanisms and incentives for the rise of these alternatives to large-scale infrastructures and points to their potential disruptive effect on conventional markets and governance models. The approach in this unique book challenges the existing literature on infrastructures, which primarily focuses on large technical systems (LTSs). In contrast, this study highlights unprecedented developments, analyzing the differences and complementarity between LTSs and inverse infrastructures. It illustrates that even large infrastructures need not require a blueprint design or top-down and centralized control to run efficiently. The expert contributors draw upon a captivating and wide-ranging set of case studies, including: Wikipedia, wind energy cooperatives, Wireless Leiden, rural telecom in developing countries, local radio and television distribution, the collection of waste paper, syngas infrastructure design, and e-government projects. The book discusses the feasibility of temporary infrastructures and unprecedented ownership arrangements, and concludes that inverse networks represent a critical transformation of the accepted model of infrastructure development. Laying a foundation for future research in the area and suggesting ways to bridge the gap between policy and practice, this path-breaking book will prove a riveting read for academics, students and researchers across a number of disciplines including economics, business, management, innovation, and technology and policy studies.

About Author

Edited by Tineke M. Egyedi, Delft Institute for Research on Standardization and Donna C. Mehos, Senior Researcher, Energy and Industry, Department of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


Contents: Foreword 1. Introducing Inverse Infrastructures Tineke M. Egyedi, Donna C. Mehos and Wim G. Vree PART I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES 2. Inverse Infrastructures and their Emergence at the Edge of Order and Chaos: An Analytic Framework Jan van den Berg 3. Mapping Institutional, Technological and Policy Configurations of Inverse Infrastructures Rolf Kunneke PART II: EXPLORING INVERSE FEATURES 4. Centralization and Decentralization: A History of Local Radio and Television Distribution Thea Weijers 5. Citizen-Driven Collection of Waste Paper (1945-2010): A Government-Sustained Inverse Infrastructure Frida de Jong and Karel Mulder 6. Self-Organization in Wikis Igor Nikolic and Chris Davis 7. The Role of Policy in Inverse Developments: Comparing Dutch and Danish Wind Energy Linda M. Kamp 8. Who Cares? The Maintenance of a Wi-Fi Community Infrastructure Stefan Verhaegh and Ellen van Oost 9. Decentral Water Supply and Sanitation Aad Correlje and Thorsten Schuetze PART III: EXPLORING IMPLICATIONS 10. Inverse Telecommunications: The Future for Rural Areas in Developing Countries? Rudi Westerveld 11. Building a Syngas Infrastructure: Translating Inverse Properties into Design Recommendations Paulien M. Herder and Rob M. Stikkelman 12. Policy Implications of Top-down and Bottom-up Patterns in E-Government Infrastructure Development Anne Fleur van Veenstra and Marijn Janssen PART IV: CONCLUSION 13. Disruptive Inverse Infrastructures: Conclusions and Policy Recommendations Tineke M. Egyedi APPENDICES Appendix I: The Internet and Rijkswaterstaat: An ICT Infrastructure for Roads and Waterways Wim G. Vree Appendix II: Inverse Infrastructures: Coordination in Self-Organizing Systems Tineke M. Egyedi, Jos Vrancken and Jolien Ubacht Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781849803014
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781849803014
  • ISBN10: 1849803013

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