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Institutionalist analysis, communicative planning, and shaping places

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


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This article reviews the developments in the new institutionalism in social science and their relation to communicative planning theory, with emphasis on the relevance to the practical task of responding to demands for a more place-conscious evolution in public policy. I trace the evolution of forms of governance that are more responsive to the multiple claims and social worlds of civil society and include discussion of the social-constructionist conception of institutions, the significance of actors and networks, the interrelation between structure and agency, and the cultural dimensions of social networks. The implications for developing governance capability or institutional capacity are also explored. In reviewing communicative planning theory, I discuss how Habermas's approach to communicative action may be reworked or positioned in an institutionalist perspective. Finally, I explore how these developments can be used to develop understanding and strategies for evolving more inclusionary approaches to integrated, place-focused public policy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Healey P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Planning Education and Research

Year: 1999

Volume: 19

Issue: 2

Pages: 111-121

Print publication date: 01/12/1999

ISSN (print): 0739-456X

ISSN (electronic): 1552-6577

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0739456X9901900201


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