From government to multi-stakeholder governance for sustainable mobility

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    This chapter discusses an advanced form of stakeholder participation to enhance governance for sustainable car mobility. Our dynamic governance perspective is based on the idea that policies should be concerned not only with providing incentives and setting limits but also with providing orientation, stimulating mutual learning, fostering socio-technical alignment, making sure that a wide variety of options is explored, dealing with conflicting claims by technology actors and with learning about the effects of their policies. The perspective on governance of innovation that we take is an alternative to the dominating (static) welfare perspective of internalizing externalities.our chapter starts with an evaluation of role of policy and regulation in car mobility on europe in the last 25 years. We find that policy instruments were mostly applied within a neo-classical economic welfare perspective based on the use of regulation and economic incentives. It has lead mostly to diffusion of technical fixes and incremental innovation of the dominating propulsion technology, internal combustion engines, not to a modal shift or shift to alternative propulsion systems. Attempts to foster electric vehicles have largely failed.we discuss how an advanced form of stakeholder participation can enhance the effectiveness of governance for sustainable mobility. Although our discussion mostly concerns europe, the application of our concept is transferrable to other continents and other sectors.keywordsmulti-stakeholder governancesustainable car mobilitypolicymakingcollective actiontransport policies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransitions to Sustainability
    EditorsF. Mancebo, I. Sachs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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