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First steps towards cross-national transfer in integrating mobility management and land use planning in the EU and Switzerland.

  This paper is based on research carried out in an EU Framework project, concerning the better integration of mobility management (MM) with land use planning. The objective of the paper is to analyse how, and how far, policies in this field of action can transfer from one member state to another, and to compare this to the theory of policy transfer put forward by Dolowitz and Marsh (2000), using their theory as an analytical framework, but also informing that theory. After providing a definition of this form of integration, the paper explains how far MM and land use planning are currently integrated in the EU member and other states covered in the research (Sweden, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, the UK, as well as Ireland and the Netherlands). It then presents the results of planning simulation workshops in five of these countries, where a group of planning professionals from each state considered real development sites and how MM could be integrated with the development. It shows that there is scope for transfer but concludes that barriers such as language, differing planning traditions, and the problem of transferring a new policy idea within a country will limit the scope of policy transfer significantly. Nonetheless, it sees a role for EU projects of this nature in encouraging initial consideration of new policy ideas.

Research highlights
► Integration of mobility management and planning as an example of policy transfer. ► Case studies of 5 planning simulation workshops across Europe. ► Major barriers to transfer exist: legal, cultural, and awareness. ► Policy transfer within a country is as important as transfer between countries. ► EU projects can begin process of policy transfer

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    30 November 2010

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    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    388 Transportation; ground transportation


Rye, T., Welsch, J., Plevnik, A. & Tommasi, R. D. (2010). First steps towards cross-national transfer in integrating mobility management and land use planning in the EU and Switzerland. Transport Policy. 18, 533-543. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2010.10.008. ISSN 0967-070X



Mobility management; Land use planning; Integration; Policy transfer

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