Transport Policy Paradigms at the Local Level: The Norwich Inner Ring Road

John Greenaway, Andrew Grantham

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It has been claimed that transport policy in the UK, once a quiescent area, has been opened to battle between competing advocacy coalitions and that the late 1980s and early 1990s saw a policy paradigm shift. This article examines one detailed historical case study, the plans to complete an inner road in Norwich and the subsequent collapse of the scheme. The aim is firstly to examine the complex decision making processes and subsequent politics of this scheme and secondly to relate the local issue to the idea of a paradigm shift in national roads policy. The complexity of decision making in a multi-actored arena, where sovereignty is located locally but is circumscribed by central government ‘guidelines’, suggests that the assertions of those who argue in terms of a paradigm shift in policy may be exaggerated
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-834
Number of pages20
JournalPublic administration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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