A Materialistic Concept of Planning and Participation

Bent Flyvbjerg, Verner C. Petersen

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Abstract

Planning and participation are concepts which can be interpreted in different ways. Traditional planning theory offers mostly subjective-idealistic interpretations. These interpretations are not very helpfull in answering why ideas, methods, and practices of planning appear as they do. A prerequisite for answering such questions is a theoretical understanding of the relationship of planning to social totality, i.e. to basic political, social, economic and ideological conditions. Capital-logic and 'structure-logic' theories of social structure and development offer framework for analysis. Both, however, lead to functionalist explanations, and imply mechanical determinism. A more dialectical conception is necessary, emphasizing both the objective and the subjective aspects of planning and development.
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Sociologica
Volume24
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)293-311
ISSN0001-6993
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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Flyvbjerg, B., & Petersen, V. C. (1981). A Materialistic Concept of Planning and Participation. Acta Sociologica, 24(4), 293-311.
Flyvbjerg, Bent ; Petersen, Verner C. / A Materialistic Concept of Planning and Participation. In: Acta Sociologica. 1981 ; Vol. 24, No. 4. pp. 293-311.
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In: Acta Sociologica, Vol. 24, No. 4, 1981, p. 293-311.

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