Collaborative stakeholder dialogue: a pragmatic pathway towards sustainable urban transport development

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Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN)
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
3rd World Planning Schools Congress, 2011, pp. 1 - 20
Issue Date:
2011-01
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This paper introduces a pragmatic pathway towards more sustainable urban transport development (SUTD) by documenting and discussing a process that engages organised public and private interests in a collaborative dialogue on urban transport futures. Integrating the ecological, social and economic aspects of urban transport development in a mutually reinforcing way in the policy process is a complex task, and is often referred to as a 'wicked problem. Finding agreement in the policy process on implementing measures to promote SUTD is therefore often (ideologically) contested. This paper investigates how, and under what conditions, closer communication and the resulting relationships between different stakeholders in the policy process can contribute to overcoming these challenges. The paper is based on the findings of a case study of a collaborative stakeholder dialogue in Munich, Germany; the `Inzell-Initiative. This professionally facilitated dialogue sits outside the formal administrative and political processes and is in place since 1995. Participants include transport stakeholders from planners and politicians through to bicycle user groups, motorist associations and BMW as local car manufacturer. We first introduce the underlying definition of SUTD and the methodology of this case study. The findings establish a link between the procedural aspects and the quality of the resulting policy outcomes. We then discusss preconditions and success factors for such a collaborative learning process in the context of existing theory. In doing so we identify enhanced social capital in the policy process as a catalyst for high quality and durable solutions to the challenges of urban transport development. In conclusion we offer a process-based definition of SUTD that reflects the findings of the case study
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