Drawing from recent literature on white elephant projects, this article examines the case of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP)—the paradigmatic example of a white elephant project in the Philippines. The BNPP megaproject had massive implications for the country’s fiscal standing and long-term economic prospects, offering lessons for future projects of this size and significance. By revisiting the BNPP’s problematic history as well as the continuing infrastructure governance challenges in the post-Marcos period, this study outlines the repercussions of such dynamics for the Philippine government’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, the most ambitious since the Marcos era.
KEYWORDS: BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT • MEGAPROJECTS • RENT-SEEKING • PUBLIC–PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (PPP)
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