Large Infrastructure Projects in Germany

Between Ambition and Realities

  • Genia Kostka
  • Jobst Fiedler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Genia Kostka, Jobst Fiedler
    Pages 1-13
  3. Jobst Fiedler, Sascha Schuster
    Pages 39-85
  4. Jobst Fiedler, Alexander Wendler
    Pages 87-145
  5. Jobst Fiedler, Genia Kostka, Niklas Anzinger, Sascha Schuster
    Pages 191-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-206

About this book


This book presents an analysis of why some large infrastructure projects are delayed or compromised and offers important insights into the better delivery of future projects. It provides an important reaction to the ambitious €315 billion investment plan devised by the European Commission, wherein Europe's infrastructure is a key investment target. Germany is adopted as a focus, as Europe's largest economy, and a nation that has seen significant delays and tensions in the delivery of key infrastructure projects. 

The contributions to this volume demonstrate various patterns for infrastructure assets and illustrate how factors such as poor project governance, early planning mistakes, inappropriate risk management and unforeseen technological challenges influence delivery. The in-depth case studies on the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and offshore wind parks show how project delivery can face massive problems, and illuminating solutions are offered to these problems. Overall, the case of Germany also offers the opportunity to assess various new forms of project delivery, such as public-private partnerships (PPP), and the risks and opportunities of ambitious first-mover 'pioneer' projects. The book will be of great interest for scholars and upper-level students of human geography, business and management, as well as policy makers.


Urban Sociology Architecture Geography Human Geography Planning Central Europe Infrastructure Brandenburg Airport Berlin European Commission infrastructure assets Hamburg Elbphilharmonie offshore wind parks energy governance management time delays Infrastructure governance public-private partnership megaprojects PPP

Editors and affiliations

  • Genia Kostka
    • 1
  • Jobst Fiedler
    • 2
  1. 1.Hertie School of GovernanceBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Quartier 110Hertie School of Governance, BerlinBerlinGermany

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