The evolutionary path of inland waterway transport in Pearl River Delta China : the role of governance and institutions
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
ECONSHIP 2011, Conference, University of the Aegean, Chios, 22-24 June 2011
University of Antwerp
Inland waterway transport (IWT) is cost-effective and environment-friendly; it is the most appropriate means of transportation in the pursuit of a sustainable development strategy. Unlike the prosperity of road transport, the role of IWT in the Pearl River Delta region in southern China (PRD) has declined during China‟s transformation from a planned economy to a market economy. We argue that the fragmented management of government is the essential reason behind the lack of government support to facilitate and promote the IWT-based intermodal system. We analyse the extent of the fragmented management of IWT in PRD on the basis of the evolution of government routine in China. We will develop two parts in this paper: (a) a conceptual framework describing the institutional structure of waterway management and across two tiers (i.e. central/national and regional/local) and (b) inland port governance and its privatization process in the Pearl River Delta, China (PRD). In combination with the analysis of the evolution of government routine in China according to Administrative Region Economy, we argue that the spread of power away from the central to local governments has contributed substantially to the fragmented management of IWT in PRD.