Substantial research posits that institutions do matter in port development, resulting in path-dependent reform process. However, issues remain unaddressed, notably on how and why institutions matter during such process under diversified developmental phases and geographical settings. This latest port study of PortEconomics associate member Adolf Ng, along with Jose Tongzon (Asia Pacific School of Logistics, Inha University, Korea) and Eva Shou (Hongkong International Terminals) investigates, based on the experience of two major ports in East Asia, in what ways and to what extent political institutions have shaped the process of change, the main sources of path dependency, the conditions under which path disruption can occur, and how existing institutional legacies can contribute to differentiated outcomes. The focus is not only about institutional structure, but also the behavior and policies that institutions produce in such reforms. By doing so, it contributes to the progress and refinements of institutional theories, as well as theorizing the impacts of institutions in reforming the governance and planning systems of transport infrastructures.
The port study will be published in Enviromental and Planning C scientic journal under the title: Institutions, transport infrastructure governance, and planning: Lessons from the corporatization of port authorities in East Asia (Doi: 10.1177/0263774X15614175)