Fare’s fair? Concessionary travel policy and social justice

Houston, D. and Tilley, S. (2016) Fare’s fair? Concessionary travel policy and social justice. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24(2), pp. 187-207. (doi: 10.1332/175982715X14418059634901)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council via studentship reference ES/H01599X/1, as well as MRC McLean Hazel.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Houston, Professor Donald
Authors: Houston, D., and Tilley, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Publisher:Policy Press
ISSN (Online):1759-8281
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Policy Press
First Published:First published in Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 24(2): 187-207
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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