Law and infrastructure

After reading this news article, which suggests that Jakarta needs an “infrastructure upgrade,” I am convinced that law-based infrastructure studies would be quite interesting to read.

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The article states:

“The law will smooth the development of public infrastructure,” said lawmaker Daryatmo Mardiyanto, who chaired the special committee that drafted the bill. “It will provide legal certainty and fairness for the people.”

While Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, could be the next Asian economy to take off, analysts say it has to address its overburdened infrastructure if it wants double-digit growth. Gross domestic product is projected to grow about 6.5% this year,

The interaction between law, economics, and state development seems like an obviously good vantage point for future scholarship. In fact, this might be a good way to get at the “infrastructure sector” that Hendrik mentioned a while back, and maybe a way to rethink the role of venture capitalists in infrastructure.

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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  1. <html><head><style type="text/css">body {word-wrap: break-word; background-color:#ffffff;}</style></head><body><div style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 16px">This really draws together in an interesting fashion a couple of the threads we have been fiddling with for some time now. One direction to go which we have so far not paid too much attention to is the possible linkup to the sociology of professions. I will post something about this during the next couple of days I think concerning the field of health and its infrastructures (just coming off a seminar where we discussed a really outstanding paper about this that I think deserves some buzz). The issue of professions, professional jurisdictions and translations of expertise, from law to engineering and acconting, can really speak to the sector question I think.</div><br><br>—–Urspr??ngliche Nachricht—–<br><blockquote style="; border-left: 2px solid rgb(16, 16, 255); margin-left: 5px; padding-left: 5px;"><div style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px"><b>Von: </b>&quot;Installing (Social) Order&quot; &lt;post@installingorder.posterous.com&gt;<b><br>An: </b>hendrik.vollmer@uni-bielefeld.de<b><br>Gesendet: </b>Sonntag, 18. Dezember 2011 16:18:14 MEZ<b><br>Betreff: </b>[installingorder.org] Law and infrastructure<br><br></div><div><div> <style> /*<![CDATA[*/ body { margin: 0; padding: 0; } a:link, a:visited, a:hover, a:active { color: #EB7400; text-decoration: none; } table, td, tr { font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #333; } p { margin: 0 0 10px; line-height: 1.3em; } h1 { margin: 10px 0 20px; } h2 { margin: 0 0 5px 0; } li { padding-bottom: 3px; list-style-position: outside; margin-left: 15px;} img { max-width: 100%; height: auto; } #first_section a { font-weight: bold; } #logo_mobile { display: none; } @media only screen and (max-width: 480px), only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { table { width: 300px; } table[width="650"] { width: 350px !important; } table[width="610"] { width: 330px !important; } table[width="578"] { width: 300px !important; } td[width="650"] { width: 350px !important; } td[width="610"] { width: 330px !important; } td[width="578"] { width: 300px !important; } td[width="538"] { width: 280px !important; } td[width="435"] { width: 230px !important; } td[width="300"] { width: 200px !important; } td[width="250"] { width: 100px !important; } td[width="20"] { width: 10px !important; } td[width="16"] { width: 10px !important; } td[height="20"] { height: 10px !important; } tr[height="20"] { height: 10px !important; } p[class=w500] { width: 250px !important; } div[class=w500] { width: 250px !important; } td[class=w20] { width: 10px !important; } td[class=h20] { height: 10px !important; } #subs_container td[width="435"] { width: 200px !important; padding-left: 16px !important; } #subs_container td[width="175"] { width: 43px !important; } #subs_container td[width="175"] table { width: 43px !important; } div[class=post_body] { width: 300px !important; } td[id=sub_title] { width: 170px !important; padding-left: 16px !important; } td[id=sub_title] img { width: 170px; } td[id=sub_date] { width: 100px !important; padding-right: 10px !important; font-size: 14px !important; } #header img { max-width: none; } div[id=logo_container] { background: url("http://posterous.com/images/emails/design/logo_mobile.png&quot😉 no-repeat; width: 330px; height: 60px; } img[id=logo] { display: none !important; } a[id=download_app_link] { font-size: 12px !important; } } /*]]>*/ </style> <img height=’1′ src=’http://pixel.monitor1.returnpath.net/pixel.gif?r=cb2fd1c199b860d8ab05a853bcddcb68ab798343′ width=’1′> <table align=’center’ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′ cellspacing=’0′ width=’650′> <tr> <td bgcolor=’#EAEAEA’ class=’h20′ colspan=’3′ height=’20’ style=’border-top-left-radius:5px; border-top-right-radius:5px’></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor=’#EAEAEA’ class=’w20′ width=’20’></td> <td> <table align=’center’ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′ cellspacing=’0′ style=’font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 12px;’ width=’610′> <tr id=’header’> <td height=’60’ style="font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:24px" width=’610′> <div id=’logo_container’> <img alt="Posterous Spaces" id="logo" src="http://posterous.com/images/emails/design/logo.jpg&quot; width="610" /> </div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table bgcolor=’#FFFFFF’ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′ cellspacing=’0′ width=’610′> <tr height=’20’></tr> <tr> <td width=’16’></td> <td width=’578′> <table border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′ cellspacing=’0′ id=’first_section’ width=’578′> <tr> <td> <p></p></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></div></div></body></html>

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