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‘State capitalism’ evident in the airport sector?


The Economist magazine has recently presented evidence in several articles that suggests the propensity for industrial and commercial intervention by the state in rich countries is increasing. It pointed to the Japanese Government’s desire to create a "Japan Inc", deepening the links between business and government, and the lavishing of money by the state on banks and carmakers in the US and Europe. [2976 words]

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  • French leave
  • Softening in attitude
  • Some see little benefit in sale or lease
  • Land of confusion
  • L’Etat, c’est moi
  • For sale – Spain, offers invited
  • Conclusion: the state often remains in charge where it matters

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  • Table: Airport total passenger traffic: 2009, top 30 airports and their owners
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