Case #1899.0

Crossrail (B): The Politics of Approval

Publication Date: December 19, 2008
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In 2008 Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a funding package for Crossrail, an ambitious project designed to relieve overcrowding on London's underground and railroad services by building a 21 kilometer (13 mile) tunnel under Central London and supporting improvements at a cost of GBP16 billion. Two versions of the case are designed to serve different teaching purposes: Crossrail (A): The Business Case focuses on the efforts of a team of analysts in the Transport for London and Mayor's Office to persuade their counterparts in Her Majesty's Treasury that the enormously risky and expensive project was worthwhile. It raises issues about the role of policy analysts and analysis in government and illustrates various analytic methods, including benefit-cost analysis. Crossrail (B): The Politics of Approval describes the factors that led the Mayor of London and the London business community to champion the project and their efforts to persuade others. It is designed to support a discussion of political strategy, mobilization of support, and entrepreneurship in an urban context, including the evolution of strategy over time as new challenges emerge.

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Case Author:
Jose Gomez-Ibanez
Faculty Lead:
Jose Gomez-Ibanez
Pages (incl. exhibits):
London, England