Title
Institutional plasticity and path dependence in seaports : interactions between institutions, port governance reform and port authority routines Institutional plasticity and path dependence in seaports : interactions between institutions, port governance reform and port authority routines
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Journal of transport geography. - London
Volume/pages
27(2012) , p. 26-35
ISSN
0966-6923
ISI
000315009900004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper deals with path dependence in seaport governance. A central notion in this respect is lock-in. Economic geographers have recently started to reconsider the deterministic perspective on lock-in and developed the concept of institutional plasticity. Such plasticity is the result of actions of actors to purposefully recombine and convert or reinterpret institutions for their new objectives or transfer institutions to different contexts (Strambach, 2010). This concept is applied to seaports, where so far, path dependence and lock-in have not been studied in detail. Our main conclusion is that a process of institutional stretching takes place when port authorities see a need to develop new capabilities and activities. In this process new layers are added to existing arrangements, gradually leading to a formalised governance reform but without breaking out of the existing path of development.
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