MANACORDA Paola M (ed), I nodi delle reti. Infrastrutture, mercato e interesse pubblico, Passigli, 2010.
The quality of infrastructure networks (aqueducts, gas pipelines, power lines, roads, railways, ports, airports, telecommunication) is crucial for the competitiveness of enterprises, for their access to markets, for trade. It is also important for quality of life and social cohesion, for the safety of people, for independence, security and national integrity. The quality of infrastructure influences the access to essential goods (water, electricity, gas), interpersonal relationships (telephone, postal services), the dissemination of knowledge (Internet), the monitoring of environmental and social risks, the effectiveness of territorial control.