Role and effectiveness of government regulation of air transport safety

Robert Anthony Dannatt

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    [Truncated] Air travellers and the general community have an abhorrence of air crashes. Government regulation of air transport safety is an important matter of public priority. In Australia the effectiveness of air safety regulation has been an ongoing contentious issue for more than a decade. This invites questions on the realism of expectations. What should the regulating agency be trying to achieve? What constrains it from achieving its objectives? Is regulation by Government necessary to achieve a safety outcome acceptable to all parties? Establishing a relationship between regulatory effort and the safety outcome is beset with methodological complexity. Definitional problems and a paucity of data on aircraft accidents confound the measurement of air carrier 'safety', especially at lower levels of analysis. Due to the mixture of regulatory policies in use it is difficult to measure changes in regulatory effort. Variables other than regulation have important effects on 'safety' and their input must be isolated. These limitations led to development of the mixed research methodology adopted in this thesis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2002

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