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Assembling Policy. Transantiago, Human Devices, and the Dream of a World-Class Society

[Sebastian Ureta avisa a EdlE de su nuevo libro Assembling Policy. Transantiago, Human Devices, and the Dream of a World-Class Society publicado por MIT Press. Además de para los y las curiosas en la historia del muy polémico sistema de transporte de Santiago, un libro para aquellas y aquellos interesados en las intersecciones entre STS, análisis de dispositivos e instrumentos de políticas públicas y el rol de los economistas e ingenieros en la gubernamentalidad contemporánea]

PAssembling Policyolicymakers are regularly confronted by complaints that ordinary people are left out of the planning and managing of complex infrastructure projects. In this book, Sebastián Ureta argues that humans, both individually and collectively, are always at the heart of infrastructure policy; the issue is how they are brought into it. Ureta develops his argument through the case of Transantiago, a massive public transportation project in the city of Santiago, proposed in 2000, launched in 2007, and in 2012 called “the worst public policy ever implemented in our country” by a Chilean government spokesman.

Ureta examines Transantiago as a policy assemblage formed by an array of heterogeneous elements—including, crucially, “human devices,” or artifacts and practices through which humans were brought into infrastructure planning and implementation. Ureta traces the design and operation of Transantiago through four configurations: crisis, infrastructuration, disruption, and normalization. In the crisis phase, humans were enacted both as consumers and as participants in the transformation of Santiago into a “world-class” city, but during infrastructuration the “active citizen” went missing. Continue reading