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Why sustainable transport policies will fail: EU climate policy in the light of transport taboos

Gössling, S and Cohen, SA (2014) Why sustainable transport policies will fail: EU climate policy in the light of transport taboos Journal of Transport Geography, 39. pp. 197-207.

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Abstract

There is widespread consensus that current climate policy for passenger transportation is insufficient to achieve significant emission reductions in line with global climate stabilization goals. This article consequently has a starting point in the notion of ‘path dependency’ (Schwanen, Banister and Anable 2011) and an observed ‘implementation gap’ (Banister and Hickman 2012), suggesting that significant mitigation policies for transport do not emerge in the European Union because of various interlinked ‘transport taboos’, i.e. barriers to the design, acceptance and implementation of such transport policies that remain unaddressed as they constitute political risk. The paper argues that without addressing transport taboos, such as highly unequal individual contributions to transport volumes and emissions, social inequality of planned market-based measures, the role of lobbyism, and the various social and psychological functions of mobility, it will remain difficult to achieve significant emission reductions in passenger transport. Yet, transport taboos remain largely ignored among EU policy makers because their discussion would violate ‘order’, i.e. harm specific interests within neoliberal governance structures and the societal foundations and structures of transport systems built on these.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Gössling, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cohen, SAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2014
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.07.010
Uncontrolled Keywords : automobility, aviation, climate change, European Union, mobility consumption, policy, passenger transport
Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Transport Geography. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Transport Geography, 39, July 2014, DOI 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.07.010.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 19 Aug 2014 14:03
Last Modified : 13 Sep 2014 01:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805807

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