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The Role of Public Transport in Society: A Case Study of General Policy Documents in Sweden
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9927-0323
2016 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 8Article in journal (Refereed)
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The aim of this paper is to study how local governments in Sweden view the role of public transport in society, and to investigate how public transport is used in a strategic capacity. By studying general policy documents, the ambition is to gain a wider understanding of the role of public transport based on the societal context it is situated in. Documents from 15 regions and 27 municipalities have been analysed by a qualitative content analysis. Results show that public transport is regarded as an important factor towards achieving other goals and other public values, particularly those related to economic and environmental issues; and that the social dimension is not as prioritised. Rail-bound public transport is often advocated, as are collaboration between organizations and integrated land-use and transport planning. However, the studied documents showed large overall differences in how counties and municipalities address public transport issues. It should be a priority in Sweden’s main steering documents to treat public transport consistently and give it the same priority as other societal functions—not least because Sweden’s treatment of public transport is a reasonable reflection of its overall society and can influence prioritisations and considerations in counties and municipalities across the country.

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MDPI, 2016. Vol. 11, no 8
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sustainability, public values, benefits, impacts, qualitative content analysis, local governments, strategy capacities
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1290DOI: 10.3390/su8111120ISI: 000389316200041Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85000392967Local ID: 23413OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-1290DiVA, id: diva2:1398018
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