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Transport Policy and the Significance of Time Perspectives

A Comment on the Special Section on Global Cycling

Geoff Dudley

There is frequently a dilemma in the making of transport policy between prioritizing what appear to be the most immediate problems and seeking to find the quickest and most straightforward solutions that will satisfy public demand; or to search for the deep perceptions that shape social and political norms over long periods of time, and which provide the powerful dynamics that drive stability and change. A common factor, therefore, in all four of the insightful case studies in this special section is that they demonstrate how greater understanding of these stability and change dynamics is crucial not only in the framing of more effective policies, but also in gaining knowledge of the interactions (or perhaps lack of them) that construct transport systems over time. Consequently, they reveal that it is this factor of time that is a vital, but often overlooked, element in transport policy-making.

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Negotiating the Nation in History

The Swedish State Approval Scheme for Textbooks and Teaching Aids from 1945 to 1983

Henrik Åström Elmersjö

listed history as a separate subject. Instead, history was called “the time-perspective of human activity” and was to be taught as a component of social studies. Although solidarity, equality, understanding, and respect were vital concepts, it was

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Voluntarism

Promises of Proximity as Articulated by Changing Moral Elites

Anders Sevelsted

appropriated and put to use in the present? This approach thus adds a new and stringent focus to the existing literature. Second, the approach has a longer time perspective than most of the literature, making it possible to synthesize partial insights from