Public Participation and the Art of Governance

  title={Public Participation and the Art of Governance},
  author={John Pl{\o}ger},
  journal={Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design},
  pages={219 - 241}
  • John Pløger
  • Published 1 April 2001
  • Sociology
  • Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Theories about communicative planning have forcefully emphasised how language and modes of communication play a key role in shaping planning practice, public dialogues, policymaking, and processes of collaboration. These days, however, discussions on planning seem to reestablish an old philosophical confrontation between Jürgen Habermas's plea for a discoursive ethic and Michel Foucault's thesis of the omnipresence of discoursive powers. Some—mostly overlooked—central themes to this controversy… 
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