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Urban Transport Policy Paradigms: A philosophical and engineering analysis

Akse, R. (2020) Urban Transport Policy Paradigms: A philosophical and engineering analysis.

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Abstract:In order to promote sustainable urban development for all citizens, transport policies have to change. Some municipalities are developing sustainable transport policies whereas other municipalities stay behind. Which factors make up for this difference? This thesis analyses under which conditions policies change from a theoretical perspective, by applying the paradigm concept in a transport planning context. Paradigms are in this thesis an analytic entry to research transport policy change. A so-called planning paradigm can function as an explanatory theoretical model for policy change in a practical context. This model consists of conceptual elements, along with an institutional embedding of actors, rules and norms. Approaching policy making through the planning paradigm concept is beneficiary in multiple ways. Firstly, it acknowledges and reveals the very relevant practical and human context of policy making which is undervalued in academic literature on transport planning. Secondly, the planning paradigm concept is useful as it is defined in this thesis through concrete criteria and heuristics. This enables to create rich research output through empirical analysis. Finally, the framework could be of interest for planners in the field, as it could question their use of concepts and organizational structure they are part of.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 56 civil engineering
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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