Consensus Building: Clarifications for the Critics

  title={Consensus Building: Clarifications for the Critics},
  author={Judith Eleanor Innes},
  journal={Planning Theory},
  pages={20 - 5}
  • J. Innes
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Economics
  • Planning Theory
Many critiques of consensus building have been uninformed about the nature of this practice or the theory on which it was built, though there is extensive literature on both. It is grounded in the theory and practice of interest-based negotiation and mediation. It is not grounded in Habermas’ concept of communicative rationality, though theorists have found useful illumination in his ideas. Claims are often made about pathologies of consensus building based on cases where the conditions for… 
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