Transport and Developing Countries

Transport and Developing Countries

Transport and Developing Countries

Transport and Developing Countries

Synopsis

Impassable roads, poorly maintained railways, bankrupt airlines, congested cities and inefficient ports - are there links between these issues and lack of economic progress in developing countries? Hilling discusses how to make transport effective.

Excerpt

As originally conceived this book was to be similar in approach and effectively a ‘sister’ volume to my former colleague Alan B. Mountjoy’s highly successful Industrialisation and Developing Countries (Hutchinson, 1963). With the passage of time this link has become less direct and possibly less useful but I hope that this volume will serve as a tribute to Alan Mountjoy, who was a pioneer in the area of geography and development and such a stimulus to those who had the good fortune to work with him. I cannot match his clarity or wisdom but I hope that this volume will provide some insights into the complex relationship between transport and development and the special problems of Developing Countries trying to provide transport systems which will serve their development aspirations and goals.

My background is that of transport geography and I hope that undergraduates doing advanced courses in this subject and also Master’s degree students in development studies will find the book of relevance. However, I do not see the book simply as a text in transport geography but rather as concerned with the broader issues of transport and the development process.

The present literature on transport geography and development falls into three broad categories. First, there are a number of texts that deal in a systematic way with transport geography. Second, there are what might best be called monographs—specialist studies on individual modes or the transport of particular regions. Third, there are the regional geography and more general development texts which sometimes include a section on transport. My knowledge of Developing Countries and varied experience of teaching transport studies, academic and professional, in Britain and overseas, convinces me of the need for a book which attempts to

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