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Otraditionella lösningar med traditionella medel: Åtgärdsvalstudien som planeringsfenomen
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to understand the method of strategic choice (MSC, Sw. metodik för åtgärdsvalsstudier) in Swedish transport planning as a planning phenomenon. Based on a normative interpretative approach and critical theory, underlying ideas and thinking that surround the context of MSC and how they are expressed in practice, in the guidelines and in concrete planning situations were investigated. The starting point was that changing conditions in society have necessitated reform of the transport sector and a new method has been introduced. It aims to enable a broader grip on transport issues by opening them up together with other actors, thus increasing scope and spreading responsibility for more sectors and activities, enabling new and unconventional solutions to transport problems for a sustainable future. MSC is described and interpreted here as a manifold phenomenon that reveals a tension between different perspectives and mindsets, but also leads to certain aspects being more often expressed which complicates wider and deeper perspectives on complex societal problems. More concretely, it was found that the collaboration in MSC is limited prematurely and is often limited at an early stage of the process, and that this leads to a more narrow understanding of the problem to be solved than would otherwise be the case. Furthermore, one specific perspective, namely the transport system perspective, is proposed explicitly as the basis for assessments. The study has also identified challenges related to the consideration of conflicting and contradictory knowledge claims in the process. Assessments of the effects of actions are assumed to be based upon logical premises, and not on judgments in dialogue and argumentation. However, the analysis suggested that the functional instrumental reasoning of success-oriented action does not seem to take normative and political issues into consideration in order to better address sustainable development issues in the complex, democratic and pluralist society. In conclusion, the analysis identifies the need for these processes in addressing a sustainable future to be kept open in a more inclusive and diverse way, drawing on more and different possible futures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungliga tekniska högskolan, 2017.
Series
TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2017-03TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126
Keyword [en]
planning practice, planning process, change, sustainable future, transport, critical theory, participation, collaboration, communicative rationality, instrumental rationality, knowledge
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206993ISBN: 978-91-7729-446-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-206993DiVA: diva2:1094951
Public defence
2017-06-12, Kollegiesalen, KTH, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Swedish Transport Administration
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QC 20170515

Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-11 Last updated: 2017-05-15Bibliographically approved

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