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Title: Shaping Urban Transport Policies in China: Will Copying Foreign Policies Work?

Author(s): Wang, Rui

Published: 2010 by Transport Policy, 17: 147-152

Online Access: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiImageURL&_cid=271794&_user=4423&_pii=S0967070X10000120&_check=y&_origin=&_coverDate=31-May-2010&view=c&wchp=dGLzVlV-zSkWb&md5=304de25a8adcfba21fcb87cd82518460/1-s2.0-S0967070X10000120-main.pdf

Abstract: After decades of rapid economic growth, Chinese cities now face serious urban transport challenges, such as congestion, air pollution, energy shortage, and global climate change. Efcient and equitable urban transport policies are essential to Chinas sustainable development, in which urbanization plays a critical role. Can Chinese cities solve these challenges by copying or modeling the policies of other nations? This paper argues that understanding the unique contexts of Chinese cities is necessary for predicting whether policies implemented elsewhere will perform well in China. The study explores four examples of hotly contested urban transport policies. The previous experience of each policy is compared with its likely efciency and distributional consequences in China. Specic attention is paid to how the policy context  the spatial and institutional characteristics of the Chinese cities  can affect the adoption of foreign urban transport policies in China. Suggestions regarding the four policies are proposed to policy makers, followed by conclusions and discussions.

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