Transport and Ethics
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Transport and Ethics

Ethics and the Evaluation of Transport Policies and Projects

Bert van Wee

This insightful book discusses the use of Cost–Benefit Analysis (CBA) for transport policy options from an ethical perspective. Each detailed chapter deals with issues such as: the use and ethical aspects of CBA in transport, social exclusion, the environment and long term sustainability, safety, ethics of research and modelling transport. It summarizes ethics-based critics on CBA and discusses their relevance for accessibility, the environment and safety. In addition it explores ethical dilemmas of doing CBAs and CBA related research. The book concludes with possible avenues for further exploring the links between transport and ethics.
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Chapter 2: The Opinion of the Target Group

Bert van Wee


2.1 INTRODUCTION As a first step, and before starting to research and write, I wanted to find out exactly what the target group for this book would wish to see covered in it. Consequently, I sent out a questionnaire and analysed the results. This chapter presents the methodology and results. 2.2 METHODOLOGY I issued a questionnaire to researchers (scientific and others), practitioners and policy makers in the Netherlands. After a brief introduction, in which I announced my intention to write this book (including identification of the target group), I asked two questions: 1. 2. What comes into your mind primarily when you think about ‘ethics and transport’? Even if nothing comes into your mind, please say so. Which subjects would you like to be covered by the book? In order to find out if the respondents’ background is related to the answers, I added a third question, in which I asked about the profession of the respondents (research/science/practice/policy making). I also registered the gender of the respondents, in order to find out if gender is related to interests.1 In addition, I asked them to forward the email to other people who could also answer these questions. To avoid bias towards people who expressed an interest in the subject, I encouraged them to not solely select such persons. The questionnaire was sent out to 177 people belonging to the target group, with whom I had previously (before sending out the questionnaire) had email contact (all of them less than a year...

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