Aviation Infrastructure Performance: A Study in Comparative Political Economy

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Aviation performance is an important cog in modern globalized economies, which demand flexibility, mobility, efficiency, and dependability. Airport delays have gone from being a nuisance to being a salient public concern, drawing the ire of even the White House. In this important book, international transportation experts compare and contrast how different nations have managed their airports and air traffic control systems and how well they are meeting the needs of their people.

The book's cross-national approach encompasses several different institutional arrangements, making it a timely and valuable study in comparative political economy.

Among the countries studied, the United States is sometimes seen as a bastion of free markets, at the forefront of airline deregulation, but its airports and air traffic control system are publicly owned and operated. The same is true in continental Europe, for the most part. In contrast, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Canada are experimenting with privatization, while even mainland China is allowing the private sector to participate in airport ownership. Which methods work best, and under what circumstances? This book provides the answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815793953
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford Winston is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Among his previous books are Deregulation of Network Industries: What's Next? coedited with Sam Peltzman (AEI-Brookings, 2000), and Alternate Route: Toward Efficient Urban Transportation, cowritten with Chad Shirley (Brookings, 1998). Gines de Rus is a professor of applied economics at the University of Las Palms de Gran Canaria (Spain). He is the coauthor, with Antonio Estache, of Privatization and Regulation of Transport Infrastructure (World Bank, 2000).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Clifford Winston Winston, Clifford Gines de Rus de Rus, Gines 1

Pt. 1 The United States and Continental Europe

2 Delayed! U.S. Aviation Infrastructure Policy at a Crossroads Steven A. Morrison Morrison, Steven A. Clifford Winston Winston, Clifford 7

3 The European Union: Evolution of Privatization, Regulation, and Slot Reform David Gillen Gillen, David Hans-Martin Niemeier Niemeier, Hans-Martin 36

Pt. 2 Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Canada

4 Airport Policy in Australia and New Zealand: Privatization, Light-Handed Regulation, and Performance Peter Forsyth Forsyth, Peter 65

5 Airport Planning and Regulation in the United Kingdom Anne Graham Graham, Anne 100

6 Airport Policy in Canada: Limitations of the Not-for-Profit Governance Model Michael W. Tretheway Tretheway, Michael W. Robert Andriulaitis Andriulaitis, Robert 136

Pt. 3 China and Developing Countries

7 Airport Policy and Performance in Mainland China and Hong Kong Anming Zhang Zhang, Anming Andrew Yuen Yuen, Andrew 159

8 Air Transportation Infrastructure in Developing Countries: Privatization and Deregulation Kenneth Button Button, Kenneth 193

9 Synthesis and Conclusions Clifford Winston Winston, Clifford Gines de Rus de Rus, Gines 222

Index 227

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