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Tokenism or Political Activism?: Some Reflections on Participatory Planning
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2012 (English)In: International Planning Studies, ISSN 1356-3475, E-ISSN 1469-9265, Vol. 17, no 1, 85-101 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the communicative turn in planning theory and the emergence of governance, public participation has become a central issue with respect to inclusionary discourse and the institutionalization of more democratic planning practices. A multitude of participatory planning practices have been implemented with reference to different theoretical perspectives and technical approaches ranging from the traditional to the radical model. Although the current debate about these different participatory activities has brought to the fore an increasing gap between rhetoric and the reality of various models, there are few attempts to compare them in practice. A comparison of participatory activities according to traditional/tokenist and radical models, respectively, should be of interest in the current debate on the crisis of participatory planning and barriers to the institutionalization of participatory planning. This paper discusses tokenist participation in the development planning of Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm, Sweden and political activism in a deprived community, Enziteto in Bari, Italy. These two different examples of planner-'community' interaction show the necessity to understand power politics that underlie the ideal of public participation in planning.

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2012. Vol. 17, no 1, 85-101 p.
Keyword [en]
governance approach, institutional development, institutional framework, local participation, model test, participatory approach
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-97794DOI: 10.1080/13563475.2011.638181ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84858436419OAI: diva2:533821
QC 20120614Available from: 2012-06-14 Created: 2012-06-14 Last updated: 2012-06-14Bibliographically approved

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