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The Use and Influence of Indicators in European Sustainable Transport Policy
Technical University of Denmark.
Technical University of Denmark.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper focuses on the use and influence of indicators in European sustainable transport policy from a knowledge utilization research point of view, using a qualitative approach. The starting point is the contrast between a general proposition that indicators are important tools for sustainable transport policy making, and utilization oriented research literature, which has often demonstrated that formal technical knowledge is used much less, or at least differently, than expected in policy and decision making.

The paper looks at two cases of indicators applied for strategic policy making within the sustainable transport agenda. The first case concerns indicators tracking the fulfillment of national transport policy objectives in Sweden. The case explores the use and influence of an annual monitoring and evaluation report produced for this purpose. The second case deals with indicators applied for the Mid-Term Review of the European Commission.s transport policy White Paper „Time to Decide. We focus on use and influence of the indicator based study ASSESS conducted in 2005.

It is found that several indicators are in fact used in policy processes, as evidenced in policy documents as well as through interviews. However, use does not automatically mean influence on policies or processes in more than the most superficial manner. Indicators seem to play an – at most - limited instrumental role in the studied policy cases while some signs of symbolic, conceptual and process roles are found. In the EU case some evidence of what we call a rationalization role of indicators is found, meaning that indicators inform and help to rationalize a change in the European Commissions position towards key objectives, and gain influence in this way. Factors that characterize the indicators, the users, the policy setting and the economic and political background may all contribute to explaining the type of use and influence observed in both cases.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
Sustainable transport, Policy, Decision process, Knowledge
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Public Administration Studies
Research subject
10 Road: Transport, society, policy and planning, 15 Road: Environment; 10 Road: Transport, society, policy and planning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-11248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-11248DiVA, id: diva2:1206939
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ETC 2011
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