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Reassessing Public Sector Involvement in European Seaports

Authors
  • Notteboom, Theo E1
  • Winkelmans, Willy1
  • 1 UFSIA-RUCA Faculty of Applied Economics, University of Antwerp, Department of Transport and Regional Economics, Middelheimlaan 1, Antwerp, B-2020, Belgium , Antwerp (Belgium)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of maritime economics
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2001
Volume
3
Issue
2
Pages
242–259
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.ijme.9100008
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Structural changes in trade and logistics have forced the European seaport system to operate in an efficiency-oriented market environment. Private investors gradually increase their presence in the port industry, while the public sector is redefining its role through privatisation and liberalisation schemes. This paper deals with current port reform issues in Europe and their impact on efficiency in the port industry. Issues discussed in this paper include the contestability of private and public port operations and the desirability of intra-port monopolies, the danger for politicisation of technocratic port management, the existence of public goods in seaports and the need for public port investments. As such, this contribution adds to the conceptual debate on public sector involvement in an efficiency-oriented port industry.

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