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So Close, but so Far? The Davies Commission and the Contested Politics of UK Airport Expansion

Griggs, Steven and Howarth, David (2018) 'So Close, but so Far? The Davies Commission and the Contested Politics of UK Airport Expansion.' Political Quarterly, 89 (3). 427 - 433. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

Aviation expansion and the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport is firmly back on the political agenda. Yet, the stark fact remains that a growing list of British governments has been unable to engineer a partial or temporary policy settlement in aviation. Exploring the challenges of reaching such a settlement, this article characterises the shifting and contested political and policy contexts of UK aviation. It begins by exploring the ‘wicked issue’ of aviation expansion before foregrounding how the politics of air travel is riven by competing policy frames, fragmented governance and the absence of gatekeepers. It argues that the Davies Commission and its efforts to remove aviation from the domain of partisan politics provided little more than a temporary respite for government. It thus concludes by questioning whether the May government’s expansion proposals will succeed this time around, outlining how the contributions in this collection address the themes and issues of this overriding policy puzzle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Airports Commission; airports; aviation expansion; Heathrow; wicked problems.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 09:38
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2019 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21954

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