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The communicative turn in planning theory and its implications for spatial strategy formations

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  • P Healey
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    There is an increasing contemporary interest, particularly in Europe, in the spatial organization of urban regions and in spatial strategy. But there is a general loss of confidence in political systems as mechanisms for conflict mediation and the strategic management of collective affairs. This raises questions about how stakeholders in spatial change in urban regions get to understand the complex dynamics of urban regions, how they get to agree on strategies and actions, and how this may be translated into influence on events. In this paper I explore the potential of the new ideas about public argumentation and communicative policy practice developing in the field of planning theory for addressing the task of strategic spatial strategy-making. I first outline the ideas, and then develop them into an approach focused around questions about the forums and arenas where spatial strategy-making takes place, and who gets access to them; the style of discussion, the way issues are identified and filtered; how new policy discourses emerge, and how agreements are reached and monitored. Throughout, I emphasise the locally contingent ways in which policy processes are invented by political communities in relation to their particular economic, social, environmental, and political circumstances.

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    Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design.

    Volume (Year): 23 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 217-234

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    Handle: RePEc:pio:envirb:v:23:y:1996:i:2:p:217-234

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    1. Paul Stangl, 2008. "Evaluating the pedestrian realm: instrumental rationality, communicative rationality and phenomenology," Transportation, Springer, vol. 35(6), pages 759-775, November.
    2. Michael Lowry, 2010. "Online public deliberation for a regional transportation improvement decision," Transportation, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 39-58, January.
    3. Angelique Chettiparamb, 2007. "Steering across scales: applying a strategic-relational approach to a study of land mobilisation for road widening in Kochi," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(3), pages 413-427.
    4. Lowry, Michael B., 2010. "Using optimization to program projects in the era of communicative rationality," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 94-101, March.
    5. Langmyhr, Tore, 1997. "Managing equity : The case of road pricing," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 25-39, January.

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