Many of the problems and opportunities facing society today are determined by
issues of mobility. Access to people, products, information and resources has
emerged as a priority in the foreign policies of most states.
Inevitably, considerations of national interest have played a central role in
the structure and operations of the international aviation system. Meanwhile,
air transport has been a catalyst for the phenomenon of `globalization.
This first in-depth exploration of the vital relationship between aviation
policy and national interest in todays global economy focuses on those areas
of concern where the international community has common ground or where
conflicts of interest are most likely to arise.
Revealing deeply informed perspectives gained from decades of distinguished
public service in many areas of aviation policy, Erwin von den Steinen reviews
the rules that govern the conduct of commercial air services between nations
and considers the prospects of aviation in the 21st Century. He explains how
timely understanding of national interest can provide a context for global and
local policy to connect, and why the international aviation system is vital
for the peaceful and sustainable development of modern states and societies.
With such insights and powerful, practical recommendations, von den Steinens
analysis will be of enormous value to those concerned with air transport, from
technical research and design to the highest levels of government, as well as
to lawyers and academics in international law and relations.
“a tour of the major issues in international aviation law and policy
under the guidance of an authentic homme engage… Ultimately, this book is the
work of someone who deeply appreciates the aviation industry both at its
technical level, that of its often-frustrating machinations of law and policy,
and also at the emotional level of a special business that exemplifies freedom
and imagination like few others do.” Brian F. Havel
“The Introduction has one of the best free flowing leads to a book detailing
the politics of aviation and diplomacy I have come across…. I commend this
book to lawyers, diplomats and students of aero-politics and law…. I would
prescribe this book to my graduate students as compulsory reading for their
course in Aero-political and legal Environment.” Dr Ruwantissa Abeyratne
Chapter 1: Introduction I. Aviation and Globalization II.
Modern Mobility and National Interests III. International
Attractiveness as a Policy Goal IV. The Political Challenge V.
Key Definitions National Interest VI. National Interests in Aviation
the Control of Airlift issue access to Mobility Quality Controls on Mobility
and Access Maintaining the National ‘Technical Team’
Chapter 2: National Relationships and
International Regulation I. Economic Regulation and the Trade Policy
Context II. Multilateral Agreements: The Chicago Convention III.
The Bilateral Regulatory Tradition IV. The Emerging Plurilateral
Alternative Chapter 3: National Interest from a
Producer Perspective I. The Producer Interest ‘Cartel Model’ Bilateral
Agreement II. Protectionism in National Legislation III.
Industrial Policies and International Aviation IV. Infrastructure and
Supporting Services V. Supply side Motivations Reviewed
Chapter 4: National Interest from a Consumer Perspective I. General
Elements of Consumer and user Interest II. US Policy Toward Consumer
Interest and the role of the Public Sector III. A Micro-History of
American Practice IV. US Deregulation in International Markets : Open
skies phase 1 V. Open Skies phase 2 VI. Elements of the
Contemporary U.S open sky Model VII. The FFA role in Quality control
and protecting National Interest
Chapter 5: National Interest from a Regional
Perspective I. General Policy issues of Regional Association II.
National and Community Interests in Europe III. The Scope of EU
Aviation Policy and Implications for international Relations IV.
International Negotiating Alternatives of the EU
Chapter 6: National Interest and the North Atlantic Market I. The North
Atlantic Context for Regulatory Convergence II. Market Structure and
Competition Regulation III. National Infrastructure and International
Market access IV. Conclusions: Convergence of National Interests on the
Chapter 7: Global Threats to Aviation and National Interest I.
Polities and procedures : Recent History II. Public Sector Quality
Controls , Is That the Question? Defining the Elements of Quality Control: Six
possible Parameters III. Relating Facilitation to Security IV.
Considering US-EU Pre-Clearance V. A small Consular footnote
Chapter 8: The way forward I. Five Recommendations II.
An afterword on National Interest