Issues, Challenges and National Policies
Edited by Joseph S. Szyliowicz and Luca Zamparini
Chapter 2: The policy dimensions of air transport
Chapter 2 examines the public policy dimensions that impact aviation and the security issues involved. These can be considered at three levels, the national, the international, and the regional. Essentially, the policy adopted by a state can be analyzed along two dimensions, the particular issue area and the policy instrument that is applied. Thus, the choices that states make in defining and prioritizing their aviation issues and in selecting particular instruments will vary. And, though all consider aviation security an important topic, the specific measures that are adopted depend upon such factors as international requirements, the nature of the political system, and relations with industry. Such considerations also influence developments at the international level which has witnessed the growth and expansion of a large body of international agreements and conventions. Though these play an important role in safeguarding aviation, issues of application and implementation sometimes continue to pose difficult challenges.
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