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Institutional Lock-in and Active Mobility : a Comparative Case Study

Ertel, Gillian (2022) Institutional Lock-in and Active Mobility : a Comparative Case Study.

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Abstract:Prioritizing active modes of transportation could not only decarbonize the transportation sector but simultaneously revamp urban areas, improve the health of residents, and create more people friendly cities. The purpose of this research is to determine to what extent does institutional lock-in- or how an institution becomes path dependent- influence active mobility implementation within the cities of Amsterdam and Orlando. Using deductive reasoning to explore two cities with two very different shares of active mobility, the research looks at policies and regulations along with economic spending to determine the extent of institutional lock. The results show there is an apparent difference between both Orlando and Amsterdam in terms of priority. Amsterdam demonstrates how prioritizing active mobility policies can improve the lives of those residing in the city, where Orlando focuses far more on financial reward and individual car usage. Therefore, the city of Orlando has created a path dependency based on private car usage where there is little to no movement on transitioning to a more active mobility system, while Amsterdam has created a positive feedback loop dedicated to active mobility within the city.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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