Gaining Acceptance by Informing the People? Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Acceptance of Transportation Policies

TitleGaining Acceptance by Informing the People? Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Acceptance of Transportation Policies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationSubmitted
AuthorsLi M, Zhao J
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
KeywordsChina, Public acceptance, public knowledge, structural equation modeling, Transportation Policy, vehicle license auction
Abstract

We examine the connection between public knowledge and attitudes in the context of urban transportation policies. We categorize policy knowledge into received, subjective, and reasoned knowledge, and measure them empirically using a survey of Shanghai’s residents (n=1,000) on the vehicle license auction policy. We quantify the relationship between the three types of knowledge and public acceptance and its predecessors (perceived effectiveness, affordability, and equity). We find variegated impacts of knowledge on acceptance: reasoned knowledge increases acceptance but subjective knowledge decreases it, while received knowledge has no direct impact. Public information needs to emphasize societal benefits and the underlying policy rationale.