Pitfalls in Strategic Planning: Lessons for Legitimacy

Stephen McKay, Michael Murray, Liu Ping Lui

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The paper considers how planning as a political activity is underpinned by concepts of justice and how professional practitioners are consistently faced with making ethical choices in the public interest. The key objective is therefore to identify the centrality of ethics in praxis. In this context, political liberal theory is empirically useful in exploring both the role of participants and the processes employed in strategic planning. A case study analysis generates key issues which are relevant to planning in the wider arena and an extensive series of interviews provides interesting insights into the dynamic between those involved and the effectiveness of procedures followed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-124
Number of pages18
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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