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Policy agenda for sustainable intermodal transport in China: An application of the multiple streams framework

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Ge, J, Shi, W ORCID: 0000-0001-6551-0499 and Wang, X 2020 , 'Policy agenda for sustainable intermodal transport in China: An application of the multiple streams framework' , Sustainability, vol. 12, no. 9 , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.3390/su12093915.

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Abstract

Intermodal transport is widely believed to be an efficient way of organizing transportation activities because of its significant role in reducing logistics costs and emissions of air pollutants, which copes with the ever-increasing economic and environmental concerns. This paper applies the multiple streams framework (MSF) to analyze three streams (e.g., the problem stream, policy stream, and politics stream) in setting policy agenda for sustainable intermodal transport in China. By restricting the attention to the opening of the policy window and the coupling of the three streams, the motivation, process, and trend of formulating intermodal transport policy are systematically discussed. The findings show that the key to setting the policy agenda for sustainable intermodal transport in China is to strengthen collaboration among multiple interest groups, boost the national mood, and diversify the identity of policy entrepreneurs. This paper not only verifies the applicability of the MSF, but also helps us to better understand how sustainable intermodal transport policy is formulated in China, thus promoting future policy making.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ge, J and Shi, W and Wang, X
Keywords: sustainable intermodal transport in China, policy agenda, multiple streams framework, economic and environmental concerns
Journal or Publication Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/su12093915
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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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