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The Impact of Municipal Policy-making on Sustainability: A Reflection on Processes in Darmstadt

Krone, Sarah (2019) The Impact of Municipal Policy-making on Sustainability: A Reflection on Processes in Darmstadt.

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Abstract:The present study about municipal policy-making on sustainability examines the sustainability potential of the mobility concept in a settlement in Darmstadt, Germany. Using an ex-post evaluation, the research questions which mechanisms drove the implementation of municipal policies in the field of sustainable mobility in the settlement and which implications can be made for the transferability to other German municipalities are answered. In a first stage, an extended model of the Multi-Level Perspective with four implementation factors (polycentric decision-making and power, local “frontrunners”, financial resources, and conventional governance structures) is used to analyze policy documents, transcribed interviews, and newspaper articles. The analysis dissolves that the implementation was initially triggered by the unmanageable amount of atmospheric pollution in the city and the adopted decision of first access rights with state benefits for dispensable national properties by the German parliament. During the implementation process, the decision-making power was distributed one-sidedly, within political actors in the municipal administration and public utility companies. The strong cooperation between these two actors further demonstrates why the municipality was able to implement the concept financially, as the public building society has been carrying the majority of costs. In a second step, a conceptualization of sustainable mobility is used to further investigate the “best practice” potential of the mobility concept. It is found that the implementation process is highly-contextual and therefore practically not transferable to other municipalities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78956
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