This chapter provides a brief overview of the intended role of social and public policy within advanced industrial societies and the position of the state in relation to this. It outlines the importance of transport in the welfare of citizens, both as an enabler of access to goods and services and in terms of the negative social and health impacts it can have on people's lives. In this way, the chapter presents the basic case for adopting transport as a social-policy concern and suggests some reasons why this approach has not been taken up in the past.
Keywords: social policy; industrial societies; transport; access to goods; citizen welfare
Chapter. 2952 words.
Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility
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