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The Case for Road Privatization: a Defense by Restitution


  • Carnis Laurent

    (Reims Management School)


Many contributions explained in details the various benefits from private roads. Not only they stressed the possibility of such system, but also the functioning through different historical experiences. However, they put aside an important question: how should we proceed concretely in order to privatize the road network? Our contribution tries to answer this question. It explains the consequences of a public provision and its differences with a free market order. It defines the true meaning of the privatization process: a search for justice, and proposes a solution based on Rothbards theory of property rights. The paper concludes on some critics that we raised to alternative process of privatization.Le réseau routier constitue un bien privé qui peut faire lobjet dune offre de la part dentrepreneurs. Or aujourdhui, celui-ci est géré par le secteur public. Se pose le problème de sa désocialisation ou de sa transmission au secteur privé par privatisation. Nous démontrons que les procédés de privatisation couramment utilisés se focalisent seulement sur un critère de rentabilité et en cela se révèlent insuffisants. La méthode par restitution se présente quant à elle comme un procédé recherchant un principe de justice, conforme à léthique des droits de propriété. Nous présentons alors les modalités pratiques dune telle méthode appliquée au réseau routier.

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  • Carnis Laurent, 2003. "The Case for Road Privatization: a Defense by Restitution," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 1-24, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:13:y:2003:i:1:n:5

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    1. Lemennicier Bertrand, 1996. "La Privatisation des Rues," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 7(2-3), pages 1-12, June.
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