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'Between a rock and a hard place': The coalition, the Davies commission and the wicked issue of airport expansion

Griggs, S and Howarth, D (2013) ''Between a rock and a hard place': The coalition, the Davies commission and the wicked issue of airport expansion.' Political Quarterly, 84 (4). 515 - 526. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

In 2010, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition placed a moratorium on airport expansion in the south-east of England. In office, however, it has faced a sustained political campaign from supporters of the aviation industry and expansion, leading to the appointment in September 2012 of the Davies Commission on airport capacity. This paper critically evaluates this nascent policy reversal in aviation policy, analysing the political backlash in favour of expansion and the political mediation of such demands by the Coalition. It argues that while the shifting political context has placed new pressures on the coalition, its current difficulties cannot be divorced from the continued resonance of the logic of aviation expansion embedded in British institutions at the end of the Second World War. The paper concludes with an assessment of the challenges facing the Davies Commission, the coalition and campaigners, when set against the continued 'grip' of aviation on our collective consciousness. © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2013.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
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Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2014 12:09
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11964

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