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Moving policy: global and local characters circulating bus rapid transit through South African cities

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Astrid Wood


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In this paper, I explore the variety of actors who circulate international best practice around the world. I trace the introduction and adoption of bus rapid transit (BRT) projects and policies across six South African cities through international and municipal policy actors, to expose the role of individuals moving policy within the messy and tangled process of policy circulation. The analysis demonstrates the particularly important role of local actors in localizing global practice. While cities may learn of circulated forms of knowledge through innovative and dynamic individuals, policy is adopted only through local actors with governmental support. This premise adds a critical dimension to the policy mobilities field by demonstrating that adopting localities are instrumental in cultivating a receptive ground for the application of circulated policy. Global best practice does not simply float around waiting to be selected, but rather local policymakers are actively seeking and transforming innovations such as BRT.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wood A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Urban Geography

Year: 2014

Volume: 35

Issue: 8

Pages: 1238-1254

Online publication date: 24/10/2014

Acceptance date: 02/05/2014

ISSN (print): 0272-3638

ISSN (electronic): 1938-2847

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.


DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2014.954459


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