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Converging transport policy, industrial policy and environmental policy: The implications for localities and social equity


  • Peter Wells



This article argues that nurturing the nascent electric vehicle industry and the attempts to achieve low carbon mobility in Europe, while laudable policy aims, lack a coherent treatment of social equity. The transition process is assumed to be largely technocratic and unproblematic. Consequently, the article identifies inter- and intra-regional dimensions of inequality that are emerging around the convergence of transport policy, industrial policy and environmental policy. First, inter-regional competition and a lack of national or international coordination will result in some regions failing to capture the wealth creation benefits of this new industry. Second, within regions the privileges accorded to those owning and using electric vehicles will further exacerbate mobility disadvantage for those excluded from ownership or use. It is concluded that transitions theory is overly technocentric and pluralist, and lacking in critical content.

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  • Peter Wells, 2012. "Converging transport policy, industrial policy and environmental policy: The implications for localities and social equity," Local Economy, London South Bank University, vol. 27(7), pages 749-763, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:7:p:749-763

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    2. Daniel Newman & Peter Wells & Ceri Donovan & Paul Nieuwenhuis & Huw Davies, 2014. "Urban, sub-urban or rural: where is the best place for electric vehicles?," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 14(3/4), pages 306-323.
    3. Steinhilber, Simone & Wells, Peter & Thankappan, Samarthia, 2013. "Socio-technical inertia: Understanding the barriers to electric vehicles," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 531-539.


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