Public (interest) or private (gain)? The curious case of Network Rail's status

Jupe, Robert E. (2007) Public (interest) or private (gain)? The curious case of Network Rail's status. Journal of Law and Society, 34 (2). pp. 244-265. ISSN 0263-323X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper develops Whitehouse's 2003 examination of the creation of Network Rail, a case study of New Labour's attempt to operationalize the 'third way'. Significant changes have occurred since 2003 which make Network Rail's position as a private company with private sector debt appear increasingly anomalous. These changes include: the reclassification of the debt of another rail company from private to public, and the introduction of 'imputed debt' into public sector debt measurement; new funding arrangements for Network Rail which make it heavily dependent on public support; and important rail regulatory policy changes. The paper analyses these changes, and revisits White-house's conclusions. In particular, this paper challenges Whitehouse's contention that Network Rail's creation led to the de facto renationalization of the railway infrastructure at a reduced public cost. The paper demonstrates that Network Rail is a very expensive mechanism for channelling public money to private companies, and argues that the Labour government's attempt to maintain the company's private sector status as part of its third way approach is ultimately untenable.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Stephen Holland
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:56
Last Modified: 27 May 2014 14:29
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