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Transportation

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 375–393 | Cite as

Model, process, technique, and the good thing

  • Antti Talvitie
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Abstract

The paper unpacks the planning process into its component parts: model, process, technique, and goals—the “good thing”. The paper advances the concept that planning, policy-making, and organizational restructuring can be analyzed under the same framework. Each of the four components is described and reductionist examples are presented to clarify the intention and to illustrate the technique that the transport analyst teams employ in their work. The examples cover both successes and failures. They point toward the enormous scientific task ahead for planning to become meaningful and relevant to the problems of today. Finally, in the frame of the willingness to pay, the paper puts forward a case for an institutional framework for a financially autonomous road administration. Similarly organized, administered, and managed entities are relevant also for other transport modes.

Keywords

Planning Transport policy Benefit–cost Institutional development Road administration 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I wish to thank three anonymous referees for their comments which were very useful sharpening the central ideas of the paper. I also thank Ms. Christine Herbes-Sommers for her first-class editing and for numerous suggestions to improve the paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Centre for Urban and Regional StudiesHelsinki University of Technology (TKK)EspooFinland
  2. 2.SpringfieldUSA

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