Public opinion on megaprojects over time: findings from four megaprojects in the UK

Oishee Kundu, Andrew James, John Rigby

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Megaprojects, due to their size, scale, and technical complexity are expensive and controversial, and how they proceed over time is a key topic of interest. This paper seeks to identify the issues surrounding changes in public opinion over time and discusses a larger question on whether such knowledge can be generalized across projects. An automated text analysis technique called ‘sentiment analysis’ has been used to plot trajectories for four UK megaprojects from newspaper articles. The empirical setting includes two military and two (civil) infrastructure projects, allowing the exploration of differences between the two fields as a secondary line of analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1038
Number of pages24
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number6
Early online date25 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded through the Alliance Manchester Business School Doctoral Scholarship (2017), The University of Manchester.


  • Anna Karenina
  • Megaproject
  • public opinion
  • sentiment analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration


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