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Which Policy First? A Network-Centric Approach for the Analysis and Ranking of Policy Measures

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  • Araz Taeihagh

    (Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ, England)

  • Moshe Givoni

    (Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, England)

  • René Bañares-Alcántara

    (Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ, England)

Abstract

In addressing various policy problems, deciding which policy measure to start with given the range of measures available is challenging and essentially involves a process of ranking the alternatives, commonly done using multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) techniques. In this paper a new methodology for analysis and ranking of policy measures is introduced which combines network analysis and MCDA tools. This methodology not only considers the internal properties of the measures but also their interactions with other potential measures. Consideration of such interactions provides additional insights into the process of policy formulation and can help domain experts and policy makers to better assess the policy measures and to understand the complexities involved. This new methodology is applied in this paper to the formulation of a policy to increase walking and cycling.

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  • Araz Taeihagh & Moshe Givoni & René Bañares-Alcántara, 2013. "Which Policy First? A Network-Centric Approach for the Analysis and Ranking of Policy Measures," Environment and Planning B, , vol. 40(4), pages 595-616, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envirb:v:40:y:2013:i:4:p:595-616
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    1. Li, Lili & Taeihagh, Araz, 2020. "An in-depth analysis of the evolution of the policy mix for the sustainable energy transition in China from 1981 to 2020," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 263(C).
    2. Yanwei Li & Araz Taeihagh & Martin De Jong, 2018. "The Governance of Risks in Ridesharing: A Revelatory Case from Singapore," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(5), pages 1-21, May.
    3. Justen, Andreas & Schippl, Jens & Lenz, Barbara & Fleischer, Torsten, 2014. "Assessment of policies and detection of unintended effects: Guiding principles for the consideration of methods and tools in policy-packaging," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 19-30.
    4. Marc Dijk & Moshe Givoni & Karen Diederiks, 2018. "Piling up or Packaging Policies? An Ex-Post Analysis of Modal Shift in Four Cities," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(6), pages 1-20, May.
    5. Jenny Lieu & Niki Artemis Spyridaki & Rocio Alvarez-Tinoco & Wytze Van der Gaast & Andreas Tuerk & Oscar Van Vliet, 2018. "Evaluating Consistency in Environmental Policy Mixes through Policy, Stakeholder, and Contextual Interactions," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(6), pages 1-26, June.
    6. Shqipe Buzuku & Andrzej Kraslawski & Javier Farfan & Kari Harmaa & Tuomo Kässi, 2019. "A Case Study of Complex Policy Design: The Systems Engineering Approach," Complexity, Hindawi, vol. 2019, pages 1-23, January.
    7. John T. Harvey & Ali A. Butt & Mark T. Lozano & Alissa Kendall & Arash Saboori & Jeremy D. Lea & Changmo Kim & Imad Basheer, 2019. "Life Cycle Assessment for Transportation Infrastructure Policy Evaluation and Procurement for State and Local Governments," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(22), pages 1-36, November.
    8. Taeihagh, Araz & Bañares-Alcántara, René & Givoni, Moshe, 2014. "A virtual environment for the formulation of policy packages," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 53-68.
    9. Clara Champalle & James D. Ford & Mya Sherman, 2015. "Prioritizing Climate Change Adaptations in Canadian Arctic Communities," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(7), pages 1-25, July.
    10. Justen, Andreas & Fearnley, Nils & Givoni, Moshe & Macmillen, James, 2014. "A process for designing policy packaging: Ideals and realities," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 9-18.
    11. Michael Howlett & Ishani Mukherjee & Jeremy Rayner, 2014. "The Elements of Effective Program Design: A Two-Level Analysis," Politics and Governance, Cogitatio Press, vol. 2(2), pages 1-12.

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