June 29, 2004

Request for Research Assistance

Eric Heyrman is researching transportation policy. He has an interest is the impact of social movements on public policy on transportation.

From Eric's request:

I am currently working on the public transport policies and people with
disability, studied from the perspective of social sciences.

I hope to locate researchers who work on the subject of the accessibility
of transport for people with disabilities and useh the tools of public policy
analysis (ie political science, political sociology, policy making,
decision making, mobilization sociology, collective action sociology,
new social movement...) or law, and in a more anecdotal way, with the
tools of sociology of organizations (or organizational theory) ?

I would be interested in bibliographies or leads on individual studies (dissertations, theses, articles, reports, books, ...)

Topics of interest include published works on :

- Implementation of national or international legislation at the local
level (link between primary rules and secondary rules)

- Effectiveness of law

- Local dissemination and awareness of national legislation (how local actors took note of the legislative and legal changes)

- Negociation/conflict between local authorities, transport service
providers and disability organisations to obtain an accessible transport

- Role and influence of access advocacy groups

- System of action subjacent with the decision process

- Mode of management and coordination of the different actions
(urban public transport, rail regional transports, air, taxis...) :
Which is the mode of "government": centralization of the institutional
device on an only person? delegation ? multipolarity ?

- Various local actors are they interdependent? Does that induce the
need for a co-operation or a coordination (concept of regulation)? Are
commissions and a certain institutionalization of negotiation necessary
to perpetuate these relations? Is the contractualisation a relevant
tool? How does the State organize these relations? Which is its role ?

- Is the participation of the users a characteristic of the regulation
of this public action ? Is the traditional mode of representation in its
place ?

- Reasons explaining why the quite precise legislation on
accessibility of transport is bad implementing at the local level (which
are the normative, technical, economic, political, institutional and
cognitive determinants of local choices in accessibility?)

- How in a context of constraints, a few actors build and make accepting
an interpretation of the problems, then formulate an action (public
policy), and how they will make emerge and legitimate a public choice
concerning the people in situation of handicap and their access of

- Other studies which used these tools on a related object
(for example accessibility of housing or tourism...)

Thanks very much for your help.

Sincerely yours,
Eric Heyrman

Institut National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité (INRETS)
Laboratoire Ergonomie et Sciences Cognitives pour les Transports (LESCOT)
Ingénieur des travaux publics de l'Etat
25, avenue François Mitterrand
Case n°24
69675 BRON Cedex
Tel : 33 (0)4 72 14 24 67
Fax : 33 (0)4 72 14 24 37

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