|Title / Titel||Acceptance of a sustainable transport policy in the political process. Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland in comparison.|
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|Original title / Originaltitel||Akzeptanz einer nachhaltigen Verkehrspolitik im politischen Prozess. Deutschland, Niederlande und Schweiz im Vergleich.|
|Summary / Zusammenfassung||Acceptance in policy making is not only a question of referenda. Equally important are the sequences of events and the parties involved during the phase of formulating transport policies. Here, in the long run, a general consent and the learning ability of various institutions play a major role in a sustainable transport policy.
The project focuses on these issues related to the political process: What are the differences in the political processes in relation to transport in Switzerland, in Germany, and in the Netherlands? How can the willingness of important decision-makers to reach agreement be increased? How can acceptance during the decision-making and implementation phase be increased? (e.g. via management of policy networks)?
The projects focuses on comparisons between countries, and is based on interviews with experts. These interviews are supplemented with the analysis of primary documents and secondary literature.
In comparison with Germany and the Netherlands, direct democracy has proved successful for Swiss transport policies. On the other hand, Switzerland should also look more closely at new co-operation models such as agreements with private actors. These are the conclusions from this acceptance study analysing the procedures and players during all the phases of a political process.
The study emphasises that – besides the three pillars of economic, ecological and social sustainability – care needs to be taken with the quality of the political proces in order to secure acceptance. The quality of the process, that is, discussion, negotiation and mediation styles, is key to our understanding of sustainability. A first step in this direction would be to establish an open ‘Sustainable Mobility Forum'.
|Publications / Publikationen||Widmer, Thomas / Schenkel, Walter / Hirschi, Christian (2000): Akzeptanz einer nachhaltigen Verkehrspolitik im politischen Prozess. Deutschland, Niederlande und Schweiz im Vergleich. Berichte des NFP 41 "Verkehr und Umwelt", Bericht D13. Bern: BBL/EDMZ.Hirschi, Christian / Schenkel, Walter / Widmer, Thomas (2002): Acceptance as a Result of Sustainable Policy Processes. A Comparison of National Transport Policy in Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. In: German Policy Studies / Politikfeldanalyse, Vol.2(2002) Nr.4.Weitere Informationen|
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||Verkehr, Nachhaltigkeit, Akzeptanz, politischer Prozess, Verkehrsmanagement, KV, Kombinierter Verkehr, Kombiverkehr, Verkehrsmanagement, Deutschland, Niederlande, Schweiz, Ländervergleich, öffentliche Politik|
|Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Other links to external web pages||http://www.nfp41.ch/reports/projects/kf-d13.html|
|Funding source(s) /
|SNF (Programm NFP)
National Research Programme 41 "Transport and Environment - Interactions Switzerland/Europe"
|In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Mar 1999 to Nov 2000|