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Bounding the vision of a Single European Sky
Article first published online: 22 OCT 2013
© 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
The Geographical Journal
Volume 180, Issue 1, pages 76–82, March 2014
How to Cite
Lawless, C. (2014), Bounding the vision of a Single European Sky. The Geographical Journal, 180: 76–82. doi: 10.1111/geoj.12038
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 22 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: MAR 2013
- Single European Sky;
- transnational governance
This commentary focuses on the challenges facing the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative. Intended to reduce the inefficiencies of air travel across the region, SES represents an attempt to transcend national systems of airspace management, replacing them with an organisationally and technologically integrated pan-continental system. So far, however, outcomes have not fully matched the original vision of SES. In this commentary I consider how outcomes to date reflect tensions between technocratic visions on one hand, and political and economic interests on the other. In outlining these tensions, I demonstrate how SES represents a fruitful problematique for geographic inquiry.