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Collaborative Planning in Perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Patsy Healey OBE


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This article presents a personal review by the author of Collaborative Planning: Shaping Places in Fragmented Societies, published in 1997. It explains how the book came to be written and makes some comments on the various criticisms it has attracted. The first section introduces key experiences that fed into the book followed by a brief summary of the key ideas that underpin its arguments. In reviewing the critiques, the article focuses in particular on the treatment of `context', the emphasis on `process', the use of `social theory', and `power', and the development of `institutionalist' analysis. This is followed by a comment on the normative biases in the work. In conclusion, the author makes a plea for continuing attention to the complexity and diversity of urban governance contexts and the importance for practical action of grasping the particularities of situated governance dynamics.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Healey P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Planning Theory

Year: 2003

Volume: 21

Issue: 2

Pages: 101-123

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

ISSN (print): 1473-0952

ISSN (electronic): 1741-3052

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/14730952030022002


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