Communicative Planning

Authored by: Tore Sager

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138905016
eBook ISBN: 9781315696072
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Communicative planning (CP) is seen here as a participatory and dialogical endeavour involving a broad range of stakeholders and affected groups in socially oriented and fairness-seeking developments of land, infrastructure, or public services. It is guided by a process exploring the potential for cooperative ways of settling planning disputes and designed to approach the principles of discourse ethics, demanding processes to be open, undistorted, truth-seeking, and directed at mutual understanding. The process of CP is open in the sense of being inclusive and transparent; the public can gain knowledge of what is going on. Development efforts are socially oriented when they aim to further the interests of large segments of society rather than the interests of a few stakeholders only. Fairness-seeking development aims to improve the living conditions of deprived groups, and its planned results observe the rights of all groups.

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