Book Chapter

Governance, Transport



Docherty I & Shaw J (2009) Governance, Transport. In: Kitchin R & Thrift N (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 615-622.

This article explores the changing nature of transport governance. We begin by making explicit the geographical dimensions of governing transport activity and explain why the state is involved in the transport sector. Our discussion develops chronologically to suggest that in broad terms the relationship between transport and the state has, in much the same way as other sectors throughout large parts of the Western world, moved from being welfarist to neoliberal in character. We argue that most recently the character of this relationship has again shifted, and that the public and private sectors are now more intertwined than ever in the management and delivery of transport activities.

Crisis of mobility; Filling in; Governance; Government; Hollowing out; Market failure; Neoliberalism; Privatization; Regulation; Social equity; State intervention; State reorganization; Third way; Transport; Welfarism

Publication date31/12/2009
Publication date online08/07/2009
Place of publicationAmsterdam

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Professor Iain Docherty

Professor Iain Docherty

Dean of Institute for Advanced Studies