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The Rhetorical Side of Transport Planning

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  • Tore Langmyhr

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A rhetorical approach to transport planning seemingly contradicts the traditional bias towards means-ends rationality and reliance on analytical techniques. However, this approach is useful for understanding transport planning in its present context. Two major causes are suggested for a possibly growing importance of rhetoric. One is the institutional setting of the transport planning authorities; the other is the changing conception of transport planning problems. Some archetypal rhetorical strategies are described, as well as a particular strategy aiming at the acceptance of road pricing. Acknowledging the rhetorical content of transport planning practice implies new challenges for transport planners. A normative framework based on communicative planning theory is outlined. The discussion draws upon case study material from transport planning in Trondheim, Norway.

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  • Tore Langmyhr, 2000. "The Rhetorical Side of Transport Planning," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(5), pages 669-684, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurpls:v:8:y:2000:i:5:p:669-684
    DOI: 10.1080/713666431
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    1. Brinkman, P. Anthony, 2003. "The Ethical Challenges and Professional Responses of Travel Demand Forecasters," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt7vb2d17h, University of California Transportation Center.
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    3. Brinkman, Anthony P., 2003. "The Ethical Challenges and Professional Responses of Travel Demand Forecasters," Institute of Transportation Studies, Research Reports, Working Papers, Proceedings qt9c3330tt, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley.
    4. Parkhurst, G. & Dudley, G., 2004. "Bussing between hegemonies: the dominant 'frame' in Oxford's transport policies," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 11(1), pages 1-16, January.

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