E. Altavilla, B. Pizzo:
"La metro e la legge obiettivo. Ecologia di progetto o opportunismo?";
in: "Roma in Transizione. Governo, strategie, metabolismi e quadri di vita di una metropoli",
herausgegeben von: A. Coppola, G. Punziano;
The city of Rome displays a marked infrastructural de cit, if compared to other fellow European cities. The dif culty to organise a sound and capillary urban railway network in Rome is evident, and it is generally associated with archaeological and geological issues in the city´s underground. Nevertheless, organisational issues are key - and neglected - issues in the management of large projects.
The `Metro C´ - the case study of this research - is the third underground line of Rome. The construction of this important transportation project (nearly 4bn euros of public money to this day) has been so far slow, over budget, and over time.
Urban projects of this sort are outstanding elements for investigating institutional change and continuity in the governance of mega-projects. The aim of this chapter is to highlight the defects inherent to the regulative framework applied to this project - the Legge Obiettivo. This `exceptional´ regulative regime (now abrogated) aimed at strengthening the power of the private contractor (hollowing out that of the client) in public projects´ management. Such approach could lead to two different consequences: on the one hand, it can invest the private contractor with higher pressure for innovative solutions and overall performances; on the other hand, it might trigger a domino effect of opportunistic behaviour, if responsibilities are not re-allocated coherently and strategically. Here we provide insight about how it is this second result that has been reached, in the case of the Metro C.
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