Exploring the role of the state in the depoliticisation of UK transport policy

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External organisations

  • University of Leeds

Abstract

This paper responds to calls for greater empirical investigation of the interrelationships between depoliticisation and repoliticisation processes. It does so by applying the ‘three faces’ (governmental, societal and discursive) organising perspective to a longitudinal analysis of transport policy in the UK. This case is important because acceptance of the current dominant policy solution – infrastructure spending – appears to have come full circle over a 30-year period. The research finds that today’s focus on infrastructure is enabled through intersecting and reinforcing depoliticisation processes, supporting the ‘three faces’ perspective. However, the paper also highlights the need for greater recognition of the state as a meta-governor of depoliticisation and the need for clarity on which aspect of a policy solution or problem (or the connections between them) is being depoliticised and repoliticised to better elucidate politicisation processes.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number18
Pages (from-to)223-240
Number of pages8
JournalPolicy and politics
Volume48
Issue number2
Early online date12 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Depoliticisation, Transport policy, Governance, Policy solutions, State, Meta-governance, Repoliticisation