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Fare's fair? Concessionary travel policy and social justice

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http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/jpsj/pre-prints/content-PP_JPSJ-D-14-00017R3
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
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Publication statusPublished - 2015

Abstract

This paper argues that transport has an important influence on individuals’ welfare and therefore transport policy can be readily analysed from social justice and welfare policy perspectives – yet only rarely ever is. The paper develops a justice framework in which to assess the ‘fairness’ of the eligibility criteria used in concessionary fare policies – specifically the justice principles of need, desert, equality, option choices and affordability. The paper examines a concessionary bus fares policy from a social justice perspective, including an empirical assessment of who in practice benefits most from it and how these findings measure against justice principles.

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  • older people , social justice, mobility, transport policy

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