The Privatisation and Nationalisation of European Roads

The Privatisation and Nationalisation of European Roads

Success and Failure in Public–Private Partnerships

Daniel Albalate

This distinctive and timely book examines the current state and trends in the ownership, management and financing of European high capacity roads. Offering an analysis of three pioneer countries in road privatization, Spain, France and Italy, from their origins to their recent developments, it evaluates how the design of privatisation policies may lead to their success or failure.

Chapter 3: Privatisation and regulation of motorways: the background

Daniel Albalate

Subjects: environment, transport, politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, transport


Generally speaking, the decision to privatise may be inspired by a range of different motives. Among these, reasons of pragmatism in relation to the achievement of certain fiscal goals and reasons of efficiency in relation to the production of services have been the main objectives pursued by the implementation of policies of privatisation. And, in this respect, motorways have been no exception. In other sectors, various ideological or political objectives have also been of relevance, but have remained of largely marginal influence in the case of motorway privatisation. Below, I shall review the various objectives underpinning the privatisation of motorways, be they concerned with ownership and management or with the financing of motorways.

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