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The Role of Public Transport in Society—A Case Study of General Policy Documents in Sweden

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  • Vanessa Stjernborg

    () (K2—The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport, Lund SE-22381, Sweden
    Department of Urban Studies, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Malmö SE-20506, Sweden)

  • Ola Mattisson

    () (K2—The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport, Lund SE-22381, Sweden
    Department of Business Administration, School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), Lund University, P.O. Box 7080, Lund SE-22007, Sweden)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to study how local governments in Sweden view the role of public transport in society, and to investigate how public transport is used in a strategic capacity. By studying general policy documents, the ambition is to gain a wider understanding of the role of public transport based on the societal context it is situated in. Documents from 15 regions and 27 municipalities have been analysed by a qualitative content analysis. Results show that public transport is regarded as an important factor towards achieving other goals and other public values, particularly those related to economic and environmental issues; and that the social dimension is not as prioritised. Rail-bound public transport is often advocated, as are collaboration between organizations and integrated land-use and transport planning. However, the studied documents showed large overall differences in how counties and municipalities address public transport issues. It should be a priority in Sweden’s main steering documents to treat public transport consistently and give it the same priority as other societal functions—not least because Sweden’s treatment of public transport is a reasonable reflection of its overall society and can influence prioritisations and considerations in counties and municipalities across the country.

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  • Vanessa Stjernborg & Ola Mattisson, 2016. "The Role of Public Transport in Society—A Case Study of General Policy Documents in Sweden," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(11), pages 1-16, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:8:y:2016:i:11:p:1120-:d:81858
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    Keywords

    sustainability; public values; benefits; impacts; qualitative content analysis; local governments; strategy capacities;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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