Transport: beyond predict and provide

Francis Terry

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI:
Transport: beyond predict and provide

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This chapter shows the danger of an over-reliance on a single government-controlled source of research evidence though the use of research in transport policy making. Up to the mid-1990s, the effect of this was that transport research focused mainly on operational issues and was geared to simply fulfilling established and unquestioned policy objectives. In road policy there was a ‘predict and provide’ approach, the efficacy of which was eventually only challenged by researchers outside of government. The result has been a paradigm shift in transport policy and the opening up of transport research to a wider variety of providers.

Keywords: research evidence; transport policy making; government-controlled research; transport research; road policy

Chapter.  7077 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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