Journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies
Online ISSN : 1881-1124
Urban / Regional Planning and Environment
PLANNING THROUGH ASSISTED NEGOTIATION:
CONSENSUS BUILDING FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY
Masahiro MATSUURAHideo YAMANAKA
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2007 Volume 7 Pages 1546-1558

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This paper examines the prospect of using interest-based negotiation for public participation in designing traffic safety improvement plans. Through participatory observation of experimental deliberative processes for improving safety at the Kita-Josanjima Intersection in Tokushima, Japan, we examined its effectiveness in satisfying differing interests of its neighbors and users. Even though the experiment demonstrated the effectiveness of using consensus building techniques in such dialogues, it also revealed challenges in identifying and involving appropriate stakeholders, as well as in managing their relationship. It also suggests the need for adaptations in using “imported” planning tools due to cultural and institutional differences.

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