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Framing scrappage in Germany and the UK: from climate discourse to recession talk?

Aldred, Rachel and Tepe, Daniela (2011) Framing scrappage in Germany and the UK: from climate discourse to recession talk? Journal of Transport Geography, 19 (6). pp. 1563-1569. ISSN 0966-6923

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.04.008

Abstract

This paper highlights the distinctive discursive framing of transport policy in Germany and the UK. Using an analysis of the introduction of the ‘scrappage bonus’ in both countries, against the background of the financial crisis, we show how distinct nationally specific discourses and political cultures are expressed within these. The German government was an early adopter of the policy, but the UK government was relatively late in introducing its own scheme. While the German scrappage scheme was introduced officially as an environmental bonus, the UK scheme did not make any reference to environmental concerns. We argue that these differences are important in the context of a wider research aim, to identify nationally specific mobility regimes and to develop an understanding of different possible pathways towards more environmentally friendly transport futures.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
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