Ethics and Transport Policy: a working paper

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This is a multi-disciplinary project intended to bring together academics from disciplines such as moral and political philosophy, civil engineering, geography and transport and town planning combined with contributions from policy makers. The project has explored the hypothesis that, whilst transport decisions may have considerable distributional effects, ethical considerations are rarely explicitly considered in the policy making process. Unacknowledged ethical assumptions such as those implicit in decision support tools like cost benefit analysis have been examined in order to understand their impact on policy decisions. The paper considers three different ethical theories through the lens of transport policy making utilitarianism, the capabilities approach and the work of John Rawls. The paper concludes with a snapshot of one of the positions developed and the argument that if transport is treated as part of the welfare state then this opens policy making up to the consideration of a wider range of values than is the case under current practices.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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