Journal of Political Sciences & Public Affairs

Journal of Political Sciences & Public Affairs
Open Access

ISSN: 2332-0761

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Justine Magutu

Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Research Article   
    Street-Level Bureaucratic Discretion and Road Safety Policy Outcomes: An Examination of Policy Instruments Prioritization by Traffic Police Officers in Nairobi, Kenya
    Author(s): Zedekiah Sidha*, Justine Magutu and Taji Shivachi

    This paper examines the effect of street-level bureaucratic discretion on traffic offences to target for enforcement on road safety policy outcomes. It draws on freshly collected data from 864 road users, 317 traffic enforcement officers, and structural observation and accident records in Nairobi Kenya. Bureaucratic discretion is measured using the number of safety checks and arrest by traffic offence category. Indicators for policy outcomes are safety checks and arrest disaggregated by offence type. It observes that those offences mostly checked at the safety checkpoints are different from those that are frequently violated. Similar, traffic offences responsible for most accidents are different from those for which most road users are arrested. It concludes that police do not base their enforcement on either seriousness or repeatability of the offence and thus undermines road safety .. View More»

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