Assembling Policy: Transantiago, Human Devices, and the by Sebastián Ureta

By Sebastián Ureta

Policymakers are usually faced by way of lawsuits that standard everyone is skipped over of the making plans and coping with of advanced infrastructure tasks. during this e-book, Sebastián Ureta argues that people, either separately and jointly, are continuously on the center of infrastructure coverage; the difficulty is how they're introduced into it. Ureta develops his argument during the case of Transantiago, an important public transportation venture within the urban of Santiago, proposed in 2000, introduced in 2007, and in 2012 known as "the worst public coverage ever applied in our nation" through a Chilean govt spokesman.

Ureta examines Transantiago as a coverage assemblage shaped via an array of heterogeneous components — together with, crucially, "human devices," or artifacts and practices during which people have been introduced into infrastructure making plans and implementation. Ureta strains the layout and operation of Transantiago via 4 configurations: drawback, infrastructuration, disruption, and normalization. within the challenge section, people have been enacted either as shoppers and as members within the transformation of Santiago right into a "world-class" urban, yet in the course of infrastructuration the "active citizen" went lacking. The release of Transantiago triggered large disruptions, partially simply because clients challenged their position as mere shoppers and in its place enacted unforeseen human units. Resisting demands radical reform, policymakers insisted on normalizing Transantiago, reworking it right into a everlasting failing procedure. Drawing on Chile's adventure, Ureta argues that if we comprehend coverage as a chain of heterogeneous assemblages, infrastructure policymaking will be extra inclusive, reflexive, and liable.

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Given this state of affairs, it is not strange that the section concludes that “there is consensus that the state must more strongly carry out its Crisis 37 duty as guarantor of the common well-being and assume a much more active role in the transport sector” (17). Crisis demands the state, demands radical intervention. With such intervention, not only would the problem be solved but also a new version of the state—caring, protective of its subjects—would be performed. Thus the PTUS enacts a state that no longer leaves everything in the hands of the markets but to which its capacity for “radical” intervention is restored, a version closer to the kind of infrastructural power existing before 1973.

Thus if the PTUS wanted to be successful it needed to convincingly show how the inhabitants of the city were experiencing problems because of the current public transport system and were actively demanding its reform. It had to show, in other words, that the inhabitants were embodying the crisis of public transport and would be the ultimate beneficiaries of any change: that they would be governed in a better way as a result of the intervention; that their comfort, efficiency, and ultimately their happiness would be increased as a direct consequence of the new ordering.

Under such a configuration the problems experienced by Transantiago and its related strange things were deemed abnormal, and disciplinary devices were introduced in order to align them with the original scheme. In order to explore this operation in depth, two particular normalizing practices are analyzed: attempts to challenge the media assertion of sufferers as the main users of Transantiago through the use of commensurations as a matter of repair by numbers, and the introduction of an unexpected type of infrastructure to deal with strange things as repair by buffering.

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