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DoktorandenKolloquium Max-Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln, Germany (2010)

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These authors have somewhat neglected the potential effects of such processes on airport planning, and in particular, the capacity to built and develop major airport infrastructures throughout Europe. Indeed, airports have long been considered as mere tools in service of supporting the development of airlines, civil aviation industries and air traffic. This somewhat functionalist approach to airport infrastructures and to their managing authorities, i.e. airport management authorities, underestimates their structuring role over policy-making dynamics in this sector. Indeed, whereas external factors such as internationalization, liberalization and European integration were considered as major explanations of policy change by political scientists, the study of internal factors such as territorial dynamics, social and political mobilizations, and devolution processes were abandoned to urban sociologists and social movement theorists. By contrast, we argue that the dynamics of airport planning, i.e. how, by whom and where airports are built, modernized and extended, also contribute to explaining processes of policy change in the air transport domain, and to a larger extent, evolving relationships between State and civil society in Europe.


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