Advanced

Making the sustainable more sustainable : public transport and the collaborative spaces of policy translation

Paulsson, Alexander LU (2018) In Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Abstract

This paper investigates where and how sustainable transport goals are translated into public transport planning and operations. The case where this is explored is the Regional Public Transport Authority (RPTA) in Stockholm, Sweden. By drawing upon recent discussions on policy translation and political–administrative relationships, sustainable transport is found to be translated in two different collaborative spaces in the RTPA. In the market side of the authority, which is mainly preoccupied with procurement of traffic and compliance issues, sustainable transport is translated into quantitative goals (including biofuels, emissions, noise, etc.) and mechanically reproduced from the politicians via the civil servants to the private... (More)

This paper investigates where and how sustainable transport goals are translated into public transport planning and operations. The case where this is explored is the Regional Public Transport Authority (RPTA) in Stockholm, Sweden. By drawing upon recent discussions on policy translation and political–administrative relationships, sustainable transport is found to be translated in two different collaborative spaces in the RTPA. In the market side of the authority, which is mainly preoccupied with procurement of traffic and compliance issues, sustainable transport is translated into quantitative goals (including biofuels, emissions, noise, etc.) and mechanically reproduced from the politicians via the civil servants to the private operators. In the planning side of the authority, sustainability measurements have been hard to quantify and the challenge to integrate land-use and transport planning is resolved in an organic manner, in specific projects, between the strategic transport planners in the RPTA and the land-use planners in the municipalities, at a distance from the politicians’ involvement. Throughout the RPTA, sustainable transport has broadened to also include social sustainability, although this has been difficult to translate into quantitative measurements, which is the desired mode of governance by the politicians.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
epub
subject
keywords
Collaboration, governance, policy translation, public transport, sustainable transport
in
Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
pages
15 pages
publisher
Routledge
external identifiers
  • scopus:85041183010
ISSN
1523-908X
DOI
10.1080/1523908X.2018.1432345
language
English
LU publication?
no
id
777bd2ca-dc93-466d-8b53-32e5369f5909
date added to LUP
2018-02-12 08:10:31
date last changed
2018-02-12 08:10:31
@article{777bd2ca-dc93-466d-8b53-32e5369f5909,
  abstract     = {<p>This paper investigates where and how sustainable transport goals are translated into public transport planning and operations. The case where this is explored is the Regional Public Transport Authority (RPTA) in Stockholm, Sweden. By drawing upon recent discussions on policy translation and political–administrative relationships, sustainable transport is found to be translated in two different collaborative spaces in the RTPA. In the market side of the authority, which is mainly preoccupied with procurement of traffic and compliance issues, sustainable transport is translated into quantitative goals (including biofuels, emissions, noise, etc.) and mechanically reproduced from the politicians via the civil servants to the private operators. In the planning side of the authority, sustainability measurements have been hard to quantify and the challenge to integrate land-use and transport planning is resolved in an organic manner, in specific projects, between the strategic transport planners in the RPTA and the land-use planners in the municipalities, at a distance from the politicians’ involvement. Throughout the RPTA, sustainable transport has broadened to also include social sustainability, although this has been difficult to translate into quantitative measurements, which is the desired mode of governance by the politicians.</p>},
  author       = {Paulsson, Alexander},
  issn         = {1523-908X},
  keyword      = {Collaboration,governance,policy translation,public transport,sustainable transport},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {01},
  pages        = {15},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning},
  title        = {Making the sustainable more sustainable : public transport and the collaborative spaces of policy translation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2018.1432345},
  year         = {2018},
}