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Designing sustainable transportation policy for acceptance: a comparison of Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland


Hirschi, Christian; Schenkel, Walter; Widmer, Thomas (2002). Designing sustainable transportation policy for acceptance: a comparison of Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. German Policy Studies, 2(4):1-40.

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Almost everybody would welcome - at least in a general sense - a transportation policy designed in accordance with the principle of sustainability. But there appears to be insufficient support for moving toward sustainability in transportation policy. The main question this article poses is therefore: How can the acceptance of sustainable transportation policy be improved? We investigate this question using three clusters of measures: transportation management in agglomerations, infrastructure financing for large-scale projects, and combined freight transportation. A comparison of the three clusters in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland shows mixed results: The acceptance of regulatory measures depends more on political-administrative traditions in each country than on the particular policy instrument. Measures designed in a comprehensive manner are not necessarily less accepted, as we had theoretically assumed. On the other hand, our theoretical assumptions regarding the time perspective of the measures were largely confirmed. The main challenge for the acceptance of a sustainable policy is to reconcile specific short-term measures with a long-term sustainable strategy.

Abstract

Almost everybody would welcome - at least in a general sense - a transportation policy designed in accordance with the principle of sustainability. But there appears to be insufficient support for moving toward sustainability in transportation policy. The main question this article poses is therefore: How can the acceptance of sustainable transportation policy be improved? We investigate this question using three clusters of measures: transportation management in agglomerations, infrastructure financing for large-scale projects, and combined freight transportation. A comparison of the three clusters in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland shows mixed results: The acceptance of regulatory measures depends more on political-administrative traditions in each country than on the particular policy instrument. Measures designed in a comprehensive manner are not necessarily less accepted, as we had theoretically assumed. On the other hand, our theoretical assumptions regarding the time perspective of the measures were largely confirmed. The main challenge for the acceptance of a sustainable policy is to reconcile specific short-term measures with a long-term sustainable strategy.

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Other titles:Acceptance as a result of sustainable policy processes. a comparison of national transport policy in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:transportation, transportation industry, government policy, transportation policy, urban transportation policy
Language:English
Date:2002
Deposited On:06 Nov 2018 13:37
Last Modified:27 Dec 2020 13:40
Publisher:Southern Public Administration Education Foundation
ISSN:1523-9764
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
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