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Kampen för ökad tillgänglighet: - om enskilda aktörer, policynätverk och förhandlingsarenor i utarbetandet av EU:s bussdirektiv
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Motor Group of the European Council was commissioned in the autumn of 1997 to prepare a proposal for a new European Bus and Coach Directive. In the beginning, most of the Member States did not have the accessibility requirements as their main concern; still a smaller network with actors from the National delegations from Britain, Germany and Sweden would influence the other National delegations in the Council group to finally agree to retain the requirement of accessibility of the Directive. Within the EU decision process, the European Disability movement acted as a strong player during the whole negotiation process using the proposal to a new Bus and Coach Directive as a tool to influence key actors to go towards a Directive with a strong approach for accessibility.

Policy Transfer and Policy Transfer Network are used as analytical tools to understand and structure the transfer of the question of accessibility during the negotiation process. Actors understanding how the bureaucratic process works within the EU decision system have a chance to contributing for the changes in the directions they wishes for within a range of policy areas. The principal aim of the Directive was to guarantee the safety of passengers and to provide technical prescription in particular to wheelchair users. In the end it turned out to be one of the most successful achievements for the European Disability movement in history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Accessibility, the EU Decision-making process, Policy transfer, European Disability policy, European Directives, the European Council working groups, lobbying, Policy network
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-17119OAI: diva2:489807
Subject / course
Handicap Science
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-03 Last updated: 2012-02-13Bibliographically approved

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