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The dynamics of port reform: different contexts, similar strategies


Chen, S-L and Everett, S, The dynamics of port reform: different contexts, similar strategies, Maritime Policy and Management, 41, (3) pp. 288-301. ISSN 1464-5254 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/03088839.2013.839513


Research into port reform in Taiwan and Australia indicates that reform was undertaken in different contexts while committed and adopting similar strategies. Reform in both countries has been consistent with paradigmatic shifts towards market orientation, and within this context, privatisation was considered the preferred option. In both Taiwan and Australia, however, governments, reluctant to relinquish control over their ports, opted for corporatisation models. This article discusses the dynamics and drivers of reform and examines the outcome of these strategies. Both countries commenced port reform with deregulation of dock labour employment and introduced enterprise-based employment replacing the labour pool system. Privatisation of stevedoring operations was introduced at the same time in Taiwan. In the second reform phase, Taiwan amalgamated the four major commercial ports under a single state-owned port company in March 2012, with the objective of reducing inter-port competition and creating a central port planning mechanism. Australian ports, on the other hand, have undergone restructuring with the implementation of corporatisation, privatisation and commercialisation strategies since 1990s. Reform strategies in both countries display some similarities, e.g. rationalisation strategies in both Taiwan and Tasmanian ports, but also display some distinct dissimilarities with the increasing move to privatisation in Australia, e.g. the sale of South Australian ports and in 2010 the sale of the port of Brisbane.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:port reform, corporatisation, rationalisation
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Logistics
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Port infrastructure and management
UTAS Author:Chen, S-L (Associate Professor Peggy Chen)
ID Code:89371
Year Published:2014 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2014-03-03
Last Modified:2017-11-28

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