"En ledande och samordnande funktion": om trafiksäkerhetens reglering och organisering i Sverige 1950-2007
2011 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 77, no 1, 82-103 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
This article focuses on the organization of Swedish national road safety. The Swedish government has shown an interest in road safety since the beginning of the twentieth century, so the question is not if, but how road safety has been organized over time. Today, the ‘Vision Zero’ policy is used as the framework for road safety management within road policy as a whole. One reason for the adoption of Vision Zero was that road traffic deaths and injuries are considered a (global) public health problem and should be combated. The article presents a fresh approach to the Swedish government’s organization of road safety since the 1950s. The focus is the establishment and subsequent closure of the National Road Safety Office (TSV), and how the various and changing forms of organizations before, during, and after the TSV have been reflected in the national road plans of 1958, 1970, and 1998. Government bills and official reports reflect the national decision-making processes and the reasoning behind the founding and closure of the TSV. Before the TSV was set up in 1968, road safety had been the responsibility of the National Road Administration, which resumed responsibility when the TSV was closed down in 1993. The present study shows that the motives for the TSV’s creation and demise were the same, despite a time-frame that ran to fully twenty-five years: on each occasion road safety management was felt to be too haphazard, when it needed to be more coherent and efficient. These organizational changes were reflected in road planning, where control of the infrastructure increased, especially in recent decades. This conclusion sits well with previous research, which has shown the need for a more closely managed road network in order to implement Vision Zero.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Sekel Bokförlag, 2011. Vol. 77, no 1, 82-103 p.
Research subject Economic History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33463ISI: 000294099300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-33463DiVA: diva2:312537