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The Logic of DisciplineGlobal Capitalism and the Architecture of Government$
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Alasdair Roberts

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374988.001.0001

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The Gates of Trade

The Gates of Trade

Autonomous Mainports

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The Logic of Discipline

Alasdair Roberts (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on mainport reforms during the era of liberalization. Mounting anxiety about the capacity of mainports to meet the requirements of a globalized economy resulted in organizational reforms that produced “an unprecedented transformation on a global scale.” In many countries, ports and airports used to be organized as conventional government bureaucracies, often integrated into a single national ministry or department. These old monoliths were now broken up and replaced by a larger set of organizations, each usually responsible for the management of a single port or airport. Decentralization was accompanied by autonomization—that is, the creation of legal barriers to protect mainports from political and bureaucratic interference.

Keywords:   global trade, mainports, international trade, trade policy, airports, globalization, decentralization, economic liberalization

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