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The Political Economy of Road Management Reform: Papua New Guinea's National Road Fund

Dornan, Matthew

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Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) road system is in a parlous state after decades of neglect. More than half of the roads in the country require urgent rehabilitation. The PNG Government sought from 2003 to address the problem through the establishment of a Road Fund designed to earmark revenue for road management. Development partners supported these efforts, which were similar to reforms implemented in other parts of the world. This article examines the establishment of an...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDornan, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-10T04:51:09Z
dc.date.available2018-09-10T04:51:09Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/147279
dc.description.abstractPapua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) road system is in a parlous state after decades of neglect. More than half of the roads in the country require urgent rehabilitation. The PNG Government sought from 2003 to address the problem through the establishment of a Road Fund designed to earmark revenue for road management. Development partners supported these efforts, which were similar to reforms implemented in other parts of the world. This article examines the establishment of an independent road fund and road management agency in PNG. It finds that these reforms have not markedly improved road conditions, and that they have been undermined by a lack of support from political leaders and parts of the civil service. The article’s conclusion, that the establishment of a road fund is no panacea against political obstacles to road maintenance funding, is relevant to a broader literature concerning the establishment of independent institutions to address governance challenges.
dc.format15 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.publisherWiley Open Access
dc.rights© 2016 The Authors. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd and Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
dc.sourceAsia & the Pacific Policy Studies
dc.subjectpolitical economy
dc.subjecteconomic reform
dc.subjectroad management
dc.subjectroad fund
dc.subjectPapua New Guinea
dc.titleThe Political Economy of Road Management Reform: Papua New Guinea's National Road Fund
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume3
dc.date.issued2016-07-05
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5571512xPUB14
local.publisher.urlhttps://authorservices.wiley.com/open-science/open-access/index.html
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDornan, Matthew, Resources Environment and Development, CAP Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn2050-2680
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage443
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage457
local.identifier.doi10.1002/app5.142
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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