The Learning Capacity of Seaports
In the previous chapters, the position, function and management of each of the various ports was analysed. In each case, the analysis was structured along fixed lines. First, a look was taken at the national constitution and (inter)national economic regulation within which the port operates and the socio-economic significance assigned to the port. Then the position of the port authority was described on the basis of various indicators (formal structure, relations with layers of government, sources of revenue, etc.). Finally, the institutional format of a range of public and private port activities was subjected to a more detailed examination. At the conclusion of each chapter, the question was asked of to what extent the port regulatory principles, whether explicitly formulated or not, were actually reflected in the format of various concrete port activities. Where this was not the case, a number of questions were then asked. These were compiled with the intention of discussing the learning capacity of the port. The aim of this final chapter is to reflect on those questions by comparing and contrasting the ports and to draw some general conclusions.
KeywordsGovernment Conditioning Institutional Format Private Activity Port Authority Learn Capacity
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