In Search of Sustainable Solutions
Edited by Eran Feitelson and Erik Verhoef
Chapter 2: Sustainable freight transport for the Netherlands: an evaluation of a policy analysis study
Patricia G.J. Twaalfhoven and Hans C. van Ham INTRODUCTION Many studies are carried out in the area of transportation and infrastructure within the Netherlands to assist policy makers to improve the basis to exercise their judgment on transportation issues. This chapter includes a report on an evaluation of the success and role of a policy analysis study, FORWARD, in the policy process. The FORWARD study was focused on sustainable freight transport for the Netherlands. The success of such a policy analysis study is difficult to define and measure, partly because different actors have different goals and perspectives. Each actor related to the study views the role, success, and usefulness of the study from its own perspective. First, the policy context and background of the FORWARD study is described. This is followed by a brief description of the research approach, the policy options examined, the performance measures used, and the results of the study. The second part of the chapter is focused on how different actors that were related to the study perceive the success and/or failures of the FORWARD study. TRANSPORT POLICY IN THE NETHERLANDS Analyses carried out at the end of the 1980s indicated that, similar to other European countries, there would be a large number of problems facing the Dutch transport system over the years to come. In 1990, ahead of its time (OECD, 1994), the Dutch government published a policy statement on transport, Tweede Structuurschema Verkeer en Vervoer (SVV II), in English, the Second Transport Structure Plan...
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