Title

Policy integration: What will it take to achieve more sustainable transport solutions in cities

Authors

Angela Hull

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2008

Subject Area

planning - integration, policy - sustainable, place - urban

Keywords

Urban transportation policy, Sustainable development, Sustainability, Public policy, Policy analysis, Organizations, Organisations, Local government, Institutional issues, England, Decision making, Case studies, Carbon dioxide

Abstract

There has been a rhetorical shift in paradigm from predict and provide for road transport to one which addresses sustainable mobilities. This paper explores the organizational and institutional issues of policy integration and the implementation mechanisms which could bring about a sustainable transport system predicated on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and non-renewable resource use and which produces more socially equitable outcomes. The paper first outlines the English policy context in terms of responsibilities, powers and resources available to local transport planners, and identifies the tools of government that can be more efficiently applied to effect a more sustainable transport system which specifically reduces carbon dioxide emissions. A snapshot of transport decision-making in five local transport authorities in England is presented, using a case study methodology, which explores the joint working practices of practitioners in five public policy sectors that influence accessibility patterns. The case study highlights the norms and values of the local public administrators who affect local transport mobility and how they in turn are hindered both by the rigidity of central government direction and an insufficiency of implementation tools.

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