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The Deliberative Practitioner: Encouraging Participatory Planning Processes


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  • John F. Forester

    (Cornell University)

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    Citizen participation in such complex issues as the quality of the environment, neighborhood housing, urban design, and economic development often brings with it suspicion of government, anger between stakeholders, and power plays by many—as well as appeals to rational argument. Deliberative planning practice in these contexts takes political vision and pragmatic skill. Working from the accounts of practitioners in urban and rural settings, North and South, John Forester shows how skillful deliberative practices can facilitate practical and timely participatory planning processes. In so doing, he provides a window onto the wider world of democratic governance, participation, and practical decisionmaking. Integrating interpretation and theoretical insight with diverse accounts of practice, Forester draws on political science, law, philosophy, literature, and planning to explore the challenges and possibilities of deliberative practice.

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    This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 0262561220 and published in 1999.

    Volume: 1
    Edition: 1
    ISBN: 0-262-56122-0
    Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262561220

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    Keywords: citizen participation; deliberative planning practice; participatory planning process;

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    2. Hjortso, Carsten Nico, 2004. "Enhancing public participation in natural resource management using Soft OR--an application of strategic option development and analysis in tactical forest planning," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 152(3), pages 667-683, February.
    3. Alkire, Sabina, 2008. "Choosing Dimensions: The Capability Approach and Multidimensional Poverty," MPRA Paper 8862, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Carolyn Hendriks, 2009. "Policy design without democracy? Making democratic sense of transition management," Policy Sciences, Springer, vol. 42(4), pages 341-368, November.
    5. Gaber, John & Gaber, Sharon L., 2010. "Using face validity to recognize empirical community observations," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 138-146, May.
    6. Takeda, Louise & Røpke, Inge, 2010. "Power and contestation in collaborative ecosystem-based management: The case of Haida Gwaii," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(2), pages 178-188, December.
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    8. Nancy Grudens-Schuck & Will Allen & Tasha Hargrove & Margaret Kilvington, 2003. "Renovating dependency and self-reliance for participatory sustainable development," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 20(1), pages 53-64, March.
    9. Peter Wilshusen, 2009. "Social process as everyday practice: the micro politics of community-based conservation and development in southeastern Mexico," Policy Sciences, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 137-162, May.
    10. Murray Bruges & Willie Smith, 2008. "Participatory approaches for sustainable agriculture: A contradiction in terms?," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 25(1), pages 13-23, January.
    11. Carolyn Hendriks, 2005. "Participatory storylines and their influence on deliberative forums," Policy Sciences, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 1-20, March.
    12. Lane, Marcus, 2001. "Indigenous Land And Community Security: A (Radical) Planning Agenda," Working Papers 12795, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Land Tenure Center.
    13. Beukers, Els & Bertolini, Luca & Te Brömmelstroet, Marco, 2014. "Using cost benefit analysis as a learning process: identifying interventions for improving communication and trust," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 61-72.
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    15. Michael Lowry, 2010. "Online public deliberation for a regional transportation improvement decision," Transportation, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 39-58, January.
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    17. Greg Hampton, 2009. "Narrative policy analysis and the integration of public involvement in decision making," Policy Sciences, Springer, vol. 42(3), pages 227-242, August.
    18. Pace, Giuseppe, 2002. "Ways of Thinking and Looking at the Mediterranean City," MPRA Paper 10511, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 03 Feb 2003.
    19. Koen Bartels, 2013. "Research as Usual: How Researching Public Problems Affects Problem Solving," Working Papers 13002, Bangor Business School, Prifysgol Bangor University (Cymru / Wales).
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