Justice and transportation decision-making: The capabilities approach

The transportation literature has long addressed issues of social justice. And yet, justice considerations have traditionally played only a marginal role in transportation decision-making, such as those regarding investment in a new infrastructure project. Considerations of justice stress the plight of disadvantaged populations and thus aim to further equality between groups and individuals, especially equality of opportunities and mobility. But how can such considerations be derived from theories of justice and fairness in ways that make them applicable to real-world situations? In this article the authors offer a new framework for incorporating justice considerations into decision-making association with transport service provision. Their analytic framework is based on the capabilities approach developed by Sen and Nussbaum. After explaining the essence of this approach, they show how transportation allocation criteria can be derived and then incorporated into de facto decision-making. Finally, the authors provide a real-world example of the implementation of this approach in the provision of transportation services.


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  • Accession Number: 01602214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2016 12:11PM