This book analyses the strategies used by public authorities to expand the UK aviation industry in relation to growing political opposition and the negative impact of flying on local communities and climate change.
Its genealogical investigations show how governmental practices and technologies designed to depoliticise aviation and expand airports have generally failed to constitute an effective political will to counter community resistance and environmental protest. Criticising the dominant logics of UK airport expansion, the authors promote a radical rethinking of our attitudes to aviation in terms of sufficiency, degrowth and alternative hedonism, laying the ground for a more sustainable future.
“This book provides an invaluable study of the politics of UK airport policy, and forensically illustrates the intractable problems for government in managing such a controversial policy process.” Geoff Dudley, University of Oxford
"Griggs and Howarth brilliantly explicate the detrimental consequences of air travel. Starting with local airport expansion, they critically extend the analysis to the destructive implications for society generally, constructively concluding with a manifesto for the greening of aviation.” Frank Fischer, Humboldt University of Berlin
Steven Griggs is Professor of Public Policy in the Business School at Staffordshire University where he is Co-director of the Centre for Business, Innovation and the Regions.
David Howarth is Professor of Social and Political Theory in the Department of Government and Co-director of the Centre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the University of Essex.
Introduction: Problematising the Dilemmas of UK Airport Expansion: Puzzles and Research Strategies
1. Depoliticisation, Discourse and Policy Hegemony
2. Governing by Numbers: Fantasies of Forecasting, Predict and Provide, and the Technologies of Government
3. The Anatomy of an Expert Commission: Howard Davies, Rhetorical Reframing and the Performance of Leadership
4. Repoliticising Aviation Policy: Law, Planning and Persistent Activism
5. Extreme Turbulence: Problematisations, Multiple Crises and New Demands
6. ‘What if…?’ A Manifesto for the Green Transformation of Aviation
Conclusion: Staying Grounded