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The Transport Debate (Policy and Politics in the Twenty-first Century) [Paperback]

Jon Shaw , Iain Docherty

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7 Jan 2014 Policy and Politics in the Twenty-First Century
At a time when transport issues are high on the political agenda and sustainability concerns widely debated, there is a need for an accessible look at the policy issues suitable for non-specialists. This book is a highly readable introduction to the transport debate from two experts in the field. The authors celebrate the advantages of a modern transport system, but argue that years of poorly conceived and executed transport policy have resulted in Britain's transport system being far worse than it should be. They show that a substandard transport system creates economic, social and environmental costs, but demonstrate how these can be addressed through affordable and politically deliverable changes. Using a refreshingly novel approach, Shaw and Docherty use the familiar idea of the journey as the basis for their discussion. The book follows members of the Smith family as they uncover a wide array of transport issues, including why the problems we all encounter as we travel around actually come about; which policy trade-offs were responsible for creating them in the first place; what impacts we all have to suffer as a result; and what we can do to fix them. This lively and engaging approach will make the book ideal for a wide readership.


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"This 'helicopter' tour of what works and what does not work in transport policy in the UK and elsewhere provides a very readable and riveting account of action and inaction, as seen through the experiences of the authors' own fictional characters Motorway Man and his family." --Jim Steer, President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and Founder/Director of Steer Davies Gleave.

This latest book from Shaw and Docherty is their best yet and a must-read for anyone who is interested in UK transport policy. They are a breath of fresh air and their work is fun to read. --David Begg, Chief Executive of Transport Times and former chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport

The transport debate is a fluent easy entry into the world of transport specialists. ...a hugely valuable up-to-date reference tool a must-read for students, policy wonks and the wider public. --Jim Steer, President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and Founder/Director of Steer Davies Gleave

This latest book from Shaw and Docherty is their best yet and a must-read for anyone who is interested in UK transport policy. They are a breath of fresh air and their work is fun to read. --David Begg, Chief Executive of Transport Times and former chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport

The transport debate is a fluent easy entry into the world of transport specialists. ...a hugely valuable up-to-date reference tool a must-read for students, policy wonks and the wider public. --Jim Steer, President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and Founder/Director of Steer Davies Gleave

About the Author

Jon Shaw is a Professor of Geography with Plymouth University. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Geography and has advised numerous bodies including the House of Commons' Transport Select Committee. Iain Docherty is Head of Management and Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Glasgow. He was a Non-Executive Director of Transport Scotland and has advised a range of institutions in the UK, USA, Canada and Sweden.

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