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Regional Infrastructure Systems

The Political Economy of Regional Infrastructure

Colin Turner

As the international economy globalises, there is a need for national infrastructure systems to adapt to form a global infrastructure system. This network of networks aids mobility between national systems as a means of supporting their territorial needs and preferences. This reflects a strategic approach to state infrastructuring as nations seek to utilise these physical systems to support and enhance their territoriality. Providing a thorough examination through the lens of economic infrastructure, the book addresses the forces of integration and fragmentation in global networks.
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Chapter 6: Regional infrastructure systems: a conclusion

Colin Turner


This chapter addresses the themes raised within the respective regional chapters and assesses them within the context of the issues identified in Chapter 1. The chapter notes that despite the maturing and extensive nature of regional integration, infrastructuring remains a largely state-based activity. There exists very little evidence of territorial strategies at the regional level. Even where integration has matured the greatest, there is very little evidence of effective territoriality. However, alongside these formal agreements there is increased evidence of regional infrastructuring by China, most notably across Eurasia.

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