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Strategies for constructive change

It is one thing to know of technologies and policies that advance sustainable transport goals, and quite another to understand the political negotiations and governance strategies required to implement them. This research brief discusses lessons from case studies in Mexico City, Seoul and Stockholm.

Brief Targets: 

  • Transportation professionals, urban policy makers and those concerned with sustainable urban transpotation planning
  • Academics, practitioners, community members and students who are interested in the politics of transportation policy and planning.


Link to the brief: Strategies for Constructive Change Pdf, 281.2 kB. (Pdf, 281.2 kB)

Authors: Diane E. Davis and Onesimo Flores Dewey

Key messages:

  • To reduce traffic congestion, curb auto dependence and improve transit alternatives, cities must challenge the status quo by introducing innovations in hardware, software and financing
  • Such priorities tend to be highly controversial, requiring strong political leaders serving as champions for change.
  • Successful political leadership involves framing and pacing reform efforts, broadening coalitions of support, and creativity managing opposition.

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