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In search of sustainability: examining the variation in a national planning model when applied to different urban transport projects
VTI, Linköping.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6480-8752
2012 (English)In: Urban Transport XVIII: Urban transport and the environment in the 21 century / [ed] J.W.S. Longhurst, C.A. Brebbia, WIT Press, 2012, 457-468 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

How can we understand national planning model directives when they are implemented in local urban transport infrastructure projects? This paper concerns the application of the Swedish “four-stage principle”, a model constructed by the Swedish Road Administration to identify investment priorities. A central aspect of this model is that new transportation investments must be compared with other investments, so that policy makers can reflect on and evaluate whether it is possible to use existing investments instead of starting new projects (in this lies the thought of sustainability). This paper aims to explain why implementation of a single national model, specifically, the four-stage principle model, varies in different urban transport infrastructure projects. The paper is based on a study of a Swedish county where three transport infrastructure projects have been evaluated. What role did the four-stage principle play in these processes? What barriers and opportunities are there to using this model? One conclusion is that the four-stage principle acquires different meanings and purposes in the projects, even though the projects are being implemented within the same policy area.

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WIT Press, 2012. 457-468 p.
, WIT Transactions on The Built Environment
Keyword [en]
urban governance, implementation, planning models, transport, sustainability
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Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77488ISBN: 978-1-84564-580-9OAI: diva2:527420
Urban transport 2012
This book contains the seventeenth proceedings of the annually held international conference on Urban Transport and the Environment.Available from: 2012-05-21 Created: 2012-05-21 Last updated: 2013-10-09

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