Congestion Pricing: The Political Viability of a Neoliberal Spatial Mobility Proposal in Stockholm, London, and New York City

Chronopoulos, Themis (2012) Congestion Pricing: The Political Viability of a Neoliberal Spatial Mobility Proposal in Stockholm, London, and New York City. Urban Research and Practice, 5 (2). pp. 187-208. ISSN 1753-5069

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Abstract

This article examines the debates and contradictions that surrounded the promotion of congestion pricing proposals in London, Stockholm, and New York City. On the one hand, congestion pricing is a neoliberal urban proposal that seeks to reduce motor traffic in a cordoned area by pricing out certain drivers. On the other hand, the political authorities believe that the success of congestion pricing proposals depends on the degree of redistributive elements regarding spatial mobility that are built into them. Redistribution in the form of improved mass transit provision was proposed in all three cities and was implemented in Stockholm and London. The problem with this political gesture is that neoliberals are lukewarm to redistributive politics and consider spatial mobility to be a matter of capacity and not a right. This means that neoliberal political parties because of their skepticism of redistributive politics, have more difficulties in imposing congestion pricing schemes than Left Parties. The congestion pricing proposal of the New York City failed because it was proposed by a neoliberal city administration without a credible redistributive spatial mobility plan.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 09:34
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 16:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/41461
DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2012.691617

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