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The distribution of decision-making. The case of a flexible public transport system


  • Roel Nahuis



Instead of explaining the outcomes of a policy process with reference to a rational planning logic, this paper scrutinises the circumstances in which decisions actually are taken. It follows issues when they displace between different decision-making settings. The approach is applied to a case of decision-making about a flexible public transport system in and around Hoogeveen, the Netherlands: a case in which the decision-making process was distributed over no less than fifteen settings. The main result of the analysis is a typology of five different displacements based on typical framing effects, which could form the basis of a theory with which complex, interactive and opportunistic decision-making processes can be understood in more general terms.

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  • Roel Nahuis, 2009. "The distribution of decision-making. The case of a flexible public transport system," Innovation Studies Utrecht (ISU) working paper series 09-02, Utrecht University, Department of Innovation Studies, revised Feb 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:uis:wpaper:0902

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    decision-making; transport policy; innovation; public transport; displaced politics;

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