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Role Model or Chilling Example : the German Mobility Transformation

Asbreuk, J.L. (2023) Role Model or Chilling Example : the German Mobility Transformation.

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Abstract:This case study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the German policy strategy to implement a sustainable transport system regarding the contributions Germany has to make to fulfill its responsibilities stated in the EU NDCs (United Nations, 2015) and stay within their carbon budget to make a good contribution to the limiting of global warming and prevention of an overshoot scenario (Glavovic et al., 2021). This assessment will be done by assessing the following research question: To what extent does the German transport strategy meet the characteristics of an effective, radical sustainable mobility transition based on the planetary boundaries framework and transition science? To find an answer to this question, as a first step, the ideal transition case must be understood in detail based on a literature review and creating a coding table with the relevant categories of the integrated theoretical framework based on transition science and the planetary boundaries framework. It will be used for a qualitative content analysis of relevant policy documents. Scientifically, the study is motivated by the realist assumption that the German government and its mobility strategy are under the influence of the German car industry, which aims for an incremental change process that does not compromise the incumbent power structures of the car-centric mobility regime in Germany. The evaluation of Germany's mobility strategy highlights both strengths and weaknesses. While it shows some positive aspects, there are significant concerns regarding reinforcing the car-centric regime and the need for more ambition. Therefore, the German strategy lacks crucial characteristics of an ideal, radical transition, validating the stated hypothesis.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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