This book provides an original analysis of the problems facing global governance and in particular that of one of the most globalised of all industries - shipping. Central to all global trade and its dramatic growth, shipping faces difficulties of governance stemming from its every globalised nature. The current characteristics of global governance - nation-state fixation, anachronistic institutions, inadequate stakeholder involvement and an over-domination of owner interests are dwarfed by the problems of stasis and fixation which means that policies to address problems of safety, the environment and security are inadequate. This book provides a full and wide ranging discussion of how governance can be animated in a global context so that the dynamism of the maritime industry and its problems can be prevented, regulated and understood. Its unique approach to governance makes it essential reading for all maritime policy-makers and those analysing maritime issues, alongside those with an interest in governance in its widest sense.
Professor Michael Roe currently holds the Chair of Maritime and Logistics Policy at the Centre for Maritime Logistics, Economics and Finance, Plymouth Business School, Plymouth University. He has previously worked with the Greater London Council, West Midlands County Council (Birmingham, UK), and the Universities of Aston, Coventry, London Guildhall and City. A graduate in Geography, with postgraduate qualifications in Transport Planning and Engineering and a Doctorate in Transport Welfare Economics, he is the author of over 60 refereed journal papers, 12 books and a large number of other publications. His research interests focus upon the problems of maritime governance. His wife, Liz, provides moral and intellectual support whilst his two children, Joe and Sian, provide entertainment and expenses. He has active interests in travelling, modern European literature, the historical development of Soviet Europe, restoring ageing VW Beetles, the work of Patti Smith and most importantly, the exploits of Charlton Athletic FC.