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Government Birds: Air Transport and the State in Western Europe (Paperback)
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Government Birds: Air Transport and the State in Western Europe (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 16/09/2003
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The first comparative study of the complicated history of relations between the state and the air transport industry in Europe, this book travels from the earliest scheduled flights down to the era of liberalization and privatization in the 1990s. Martin Staniland concentrates on four key countries-France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom-exploring both the sources of support for airlines in Europe and the reasons why public ownership lost favor as the industry expanded. The author concludes by considering the crises and restructuring experienced by national airlines in the 1980s and 1990s, and by exploring the related political battles over liberalization and privatization.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742501249
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 150 x 18 mm


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Unique in its depth and comparative framework, Government Birds is also the first work to explore both the historical roots of the dynamic process of 'statization' and the reasons why state involvement was logical and even necessary at crucial points in the evolution of the air transport industry. -- Giandomenico Majone, European University Institute
Here is a useful new assessment of how and why European airlines developed the way they have. Given the increasing pace of privatization in Europe, this new study is especially timely in providing a sense of context. After reading this you will better understand why Sabena and Swissair did not make it-and why other flag carriers may succumb as well. * Airways *
Government Birds is a must for scholars of air transport. * The Journal Of Transport History *
A new, important, and unique analysis of the relationship between state and airline in Western Europe that is tightly focused, engagingly written, and imaginative. The scholarship is extremely impressive, and the research extensive. Indispensable to aviation scholars and very valuable for scholars and advanced students in public policy, political economy, and European politics. -- Hussein Kassim, University of London

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