Spatial conflicts in transport policies: structuring the analysis for large infrastructure projects

  • Euro Beinat
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 465)


Policy making in the European Union pursues the integration of national and local policies while maintaining national and regional identities. Spatial conflicts often occur in this framework. This paper discusses the nature and characteristics of spatial conflicts for transport policies and introduces a methodological framework for their study. The goal is to gain insight into horizontal conflicts (between policy units at the same level, like regions) and vertical conflicts (between nested policy units, such as the European Union, nations, regions, etc.). Spatial Analysis, Decision Analysis and Organisational Theory provide the methodologies for the analysis. The paper illustrates the approach and describes the problem structuring phase. A large transport infrastructure project is considered for this purpose. The spatial nature of actors is analysed and their objectives and concerns are made explicit. Together with the spatial information for the decision this leads to a spatial representation of decision context of each actor, which is at the basis of conflict analysis.


spatial conflicts decision analysis spatial information GIS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Euro Beinat
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  1. 1.Institute for Environmental StudiesFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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