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Assessing the benefits and the shortcomings of participation - findings from a test in Bari (Italy)

Franceschini, Simone and Marletto, Gerardo Ettore (2015) Assessing the benefits and the shortcomings of participation - findings from a test in Bari (Italy). Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 44 , p. 33-42. ISSN 0966-6923. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2015.02.008


Participation is advocated as an essential component of strategies and policies for sustainable urban mobility. This paper refers to the overall literature on participation and provides the design, test and ex-post evaluation of a deliberative-participative procedure (DPP) aimed at selecting a new scheme for the regulation of traffic and parking in the “Murat”, a central area of Bari (Italy). The potential benefits and shortcomings of participation were explicitly considered when designing a DPP which integrates three tools: an opinion poll and two deliberative arenas – the “stakeholder dialogue” and the “citizens’ jury”. The ex-post evaluation of the test confirmed ex-ante design choices. The DPP was effective and learning was generated: the use of understandable techniques for deliberation and assessment helped participants to generate an unambiguous final result which was based on the “hybridisation” of the alternative schemes proposed to the participants at the beginning of the procedure. The “last word” given to the citizens’ jury avoided that the most powerful stakeholders may capture the DPP. Only a “frustration” effect was clearly generated because of the limited involvement of the Municipality of Bari, thus confirming that the involvement of the relevant Authority is an essential requisite for successful participation. We suggest that the generation of new knowledge and learning could be further assured by the participation of citizens and stakeholders to the definition of the alternatives they will assess later.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:10912
Uncontrolled Keywords:Deliberation, participation, sustainable mobility, traffic scheme, Bari
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/06 Economia applicata
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Elsevier Science
Deposited On:25 May 2015 11:29

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