Bombardier and the Gautrain Project in South Africa: The Political Economy of Canadian Investment in a Rapid Rail Megaproject

David P. Thomas

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David P. Thomas’s  “Bombardier and the Gautrain Project in South Africa: The Political Economy of Canadian Investment in a Rapid Rail Megaproject” analyzes the Gautrain rail project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between the Canadian corporation Bombardier and the South African government. Following David Harvey, the author argues that this form of private infrastructure development represents a case of “accumulation by dispossession” because it channels public money into a rail project that will mostly benefit Canadian capitalists (Bombardier) and African elites. The article challenges us to think of mobility-related issues when analyzing the exclusionary effects of capital-intensive development projects.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
Print ISSN 0707-8552