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Huw T.O. Davies, Sandra M. Nutley, and Peter C. Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341914

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.001.0001

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Transport: beyond predict and provide

Transport: beyond predict and provide

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(p.187) Nine Transport: beyond predict and provide
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Francis Terry

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.003.0009

This chapter shows the danger of an over-reliance on a single government-controlled source of research evidence though the use of research in transport policy making. Up to the mid-1990s, the effect of this was that transport research focused mainly on operational issues and was geared to simply fulfilling established and unquestioned policy objectives. In road policy there was a ‘predict and provide’ approach, the efficacy of which was eventually only challenged by researchers outside of government. The result has been a paradigm shift in transport policy and the opening up of transport research to a wider variety of providers.

Keywords:   research evidence, transport policy making, government-controlled research, transport research, road policy

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