State intervention in contemporary transport

Docherty, I. , Gather, M. and Shaw, J. (2004) State intervention in contemporary transport. Journal of Transport Geography, 12(4), pp. 257-264. (doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2004.08.006)

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For over 30 years the context for transport policy in much of the developed world has been framed by neo-liberal economic values, which seek to maximise the role of market mechanisms in public policy and service provision. Although the pace of deregulation, privatisation and other reforms has varied between countries, neo-liberal ideas and practices have become increasingly important in the planning and delivery of transport across all modes. In recent years, however, there has been something of a retreat from this position as governments have sought to re-engage in the delivery of many areas of policy, including transportation, in response to a range of economic, social and political trends. This paper reviews the reasons for this re-engagement, applying inter alia the conceptualisations and theoretical approaches of the ‘new economic geography’ to explore the changing role of the state in 21st century transport. As such, the paper also serves to establish a background for the six following contributions to this special issue of the Journal of Transport Geography.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Docherty, Professor Iain
Authors: Docherty, I., Gather, M., and Shaw, J.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Transport Geography
ISSN (Online):1873-1236
Published Online:26 October 2004

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