Governing Metropolitan Transport

Institutional Solutions for Policy Problems

  • Simone Busetti

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Simone Busetti
    Pages 53-84
  3. Simone Busetti
    Pages 107-114
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 115-119

About this book


This book investigates the link between institutions and public policies with specific reference to transport. It opens by examining the main arguments for the establishment of metropolitan transport authorities. The potential impacts of institutional change on the policy efficiency of institutions are then examined. Key problems for institutional designers are identified, showing how they can hamper the achievement of desired policy outcomes through institutional solutions. Two in-depth case studies on institutional change in metropolitan transport (in London and Barcelona) are presented with a view to testing the aforementioned hypotheses and providing insights into the ways in which the two transport institutions were reformed. The concluding chapter identifies lessons for institutional designers and highlights the policy results that may be expected from the constitution of metropolitan transport authorities.


ATM Autoritat del Transport Metropolità Greater London Authority Greater London Council Institutional design Metropolitan governance Metropolitan transport in Barcelona Metropolitan transport in London Neo-institutionalism Public service management Transport management Transport policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Simone Busetti
    • 1
  1. 1.DIG - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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