Early modes of transport in the United States: lessons for modern energy policymakers

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2009) Early modes of transport in the United States: lessons for modern energy policymakers. Policy and Society, 27 (4). pp. 411-427. ISSN 1449-4035

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Abstract

The belief that modern alternative vehicles and modes of transport continue to fail primarily for technical reasons glosses over the importance of the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of gasoline powered automobiles. This article investigates the changes that caused manufacturers and customers to abandon bicycles, horses, electric vehicles, cable cars, trolleys, and trains and to overwhelmingly prefer gasoline-powered vehicles from 1890 to 1940 in the United States. It then focuses on the lessons that the historical transition to gasoline vehicles offers modern policymakers.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 19:33
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 10:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58158
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