(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Confronting momentum : mapping the social appraisals of an ‘inevitable’ motorway capacity expansion

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ROZEMA J.G. (1) ; PEL B. (2) ;
(1) Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group, School of Environmental Sciences, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) Governance of Complex Systems (GOCS) research group, Dept. of Public Administration, Erasmus Univ., Rotterdam, PAYS-BAS


By using an exemplary case of a project on motorway capacity expansion in the Netherlands, it was investigated how momentum was acknowledged by actors, but perhaps also resisted or sustained. The paper finds that actors were quite aware of momentum, but that they largely refrained from resisting it as a result of the focus on impact mitigation in the deliberation. Furthermore, this focus sustained the necessity claim and underlying rationale for the motorway capacity expansion. However, the choice of whether to resist or sustain momentum could have been strategically motivated. The paper recommends that further practice and methodological research should focus on the challenges of teasing out social appraisals on momentum in the deliberative planning context


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no8 [pp. 2000-2015]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 2 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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