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Weg met marktwerking?!? Verschillende infrastructurele sectoren vergeleken om mogelijke verbeteringen voor het Nederlandse wegbeheer te traceren

Albers, Niek W.J. (2007) Weg met marktwerking?!? Verschillende infrastructurele sectoren vergeleken om mogelijke verbeteringen voor het Nederlandse wegbeheer te traceren.

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Abstract:The Dutch road administration is organized around decentralised governments and the national government. The [cities] communities, provinces, some water boards and the national government are performing the tasks of road administrations. This many road administrations (>450) causes some problems. For example, it is difficult to bring demand and supply in balance. Also the task to take care for robustness of the network is a problem. After the advice brought out by the Platform Road Pricing, the possibilities for reorganizing road administration will be explored. The advice of the Platform Road Pricing is the specific motive to start the exploration… This master thesis has explored these possibilities also. For this thesis the research question is: ‘What can be learnt of analyzing different infrastructural sectors, for improvement and reorganising Dutch road administration?’ In the end 10 principles are formulated. Those principles can help to reorganise the road administration. In the process to come to this result some theoretical insights in markets, governments, neoinstitutional economy and the value chain approach are used. Three different infrastructural sectors are selected for this research project: the electricity sector, the railway sector and the telecommunication sector. A description model is developed to draw up four (inclusive the road sector) sectors. In those infrastructural sectors attention is paid to three levels; central management (1), infrastructure management (2) and task performing (3). At level 3, four different roles are noticed: concept developing, infraproviding, inframanagement and capacity management. These sectors are analysed with the analyse model. Thereby the focus has been on the main differences between the sectors and their advantages or disadvantages. On this base, some elements to suggest or to advice against are highlighted. In the next step these elements are analysed for their suitability and applicability in the road administration. In the end, this process delivered ten recommendations that can be seen as principles for reorganizing the road administration. These principles have to be considered together. Because of the administrative, financial, social and juridical barriers for the implementation of the recommendations, some quick wins are formulated. On the short term this quick wins can be worked out. The ten recommendations are: 1. Take care for less road administrations. 2. Take care for less overlapping administration areas. 3. Take care for a clear vision for main and other roads. 4. Take care for performance control. 5. Take care for an organizational form of the road administrations, in which they are sensitive for incentives and performance control. 6. Take care for a good mechanism for assessing the budgets. 7. Give road administrations the freedom to decide about their own budget. 8. It does not matter if tasks are performed by specialised market parties or by road administrations. 9. The primacy on the capacity management should be kept at the road administration. 10. Be aware of role conflicts for the central manager.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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