Article ID: CBB588990884

How “Poland Entered Europe”: The Motorway as a Space of Neoliberalism (March 2019)


The article surveys a giant infrastructural construction project in Poland: the A2 motorway, connecting Poznan and Warsaw with the Polish-German border. It was the first private motorway in Poland, and the biggest European infrastructural project, and was realized in a public-private partnership system. The last section of A2 was opened on 1 December 2011, which can be seen as a key moment in Polish socioeconomic transformation. I examine it on two levels: (1) a discourse between government and private investors in which the motorway was the medium of economic and social development and infrastructural “the end” modernization of Poland; (2) practices and opinions of local communities, living along the new motorway. On the first level, the construction of A2 was seen as an impetus for the economic and social development of the regions where the motorway was built. But on the second level, I observe almost universal disappointment and a deep crisis experienced by local economies.

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Authors & Contributors
Cool, Alison
Imogen Sophie Kristin Wade
Tironi, Manuel
Know, Hannah
Michal Ďurčo
Dimitris Dalakoglou
Social Studies of Science
The Journal of Transport History
Technology's Stories
Social Science History
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
MIT Press
Cornell University Press
VEDA, vydavateľstvo SAV: Historický ústav SAV
University of Chicago Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Manchester University Press
Technology and politics
Roads and highways
Science and technology studies (STS)
Technology and society
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
European Union
United States
Houston, TX
Amazon River Region (South America)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mars Exploration Rover Mission (U.S.)
National Health Service (Great Britain)

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