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Public Participation in Planning: an intellectual history

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This paper tracks the changing role of public participation in planning thought. In doing so, the paper shows that the role of public participation in planning is largely determined by the nature of the planning enterprise being undertaken. The definition of the planning problem, the kinds of knowledge used in planning practice, and the conceptualisation of the planning and decision-making context are the important determinants of the extent of participation offered to the public. The paper therefore contributes to thinking about how to evaluate public participation by showing that it can only be understood in terms of the decision-making context in which it is embedded. Specifically, it makes little sense to evaluate public participation in terms that are not shared by the planning model itself

Keywords: Public participation; blueprint planning; communicative rationality; planning; synoptic planning

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Adelaide, Australia

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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