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Planning Indicators in England: A Top-Down Evolutionary Tale

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The centralized system of planning in England has long been distorted by successive governments' obsession with the speed of the planning process. The resulting national performance indicators are regularly redesigned as government initiatives come and go, but have consistently revealed themselves to be largely blunt instruments with which to micro-manage the planning process at the local scale.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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