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Port governance in the UK: Planning without policy

Monios, Jason


Jason Monios


The UK's highly privatised port system means that, while many of the issues in the port governance literature relevant to port concessions do not arise here, the respective roles of harbour authorities and port operators continue to be questioned. The concern in the UK is whose role it should be to monitor the capacity and service quality of the port sector, including how to govern the ways in which the different classes of port stakeholder interact.

This paper describes and discusses the UK port sector, the main ports and cargo types, the governance system and recent developments. Recent changes in national policy are reviewed and potential new developments in governance are considered, reflecting on how the UK case represents some key theoretical considerations regarding infrastructure governance within a modern political system favouring private ownership and operation of the transport sector.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 28, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 3, 2016
Publication Date 2017-03
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 4, 2017
Journal Research in Transportation Business & Management
Print ISSN 2210-5395
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Pages 78-88
Keywords UK; Port governance; Private; Trust; Container; Policy; Planning
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Contract Date Mar 22, 2017


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