Collective Action: Balancing Public and Particularistic Interests

Tore Sager

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Collective Action: Balancing Public and Particularistic Interests


This article explores important motivations for urban planning, focusing on legitimation, the concept of public interest, and the communicative (collaborative) mode of planning. It offers a brief account of planning as uncertainty reduction, and discusses the contemporary planning debate on the public interest and related themes. The article identifies extensive dialogue as communicative planning theory's solution to the problem of public interest and highlights the role of planning in helping to legitimize political decisions.

Keywords: urban planning; legitimation; public interest; uncertainty reduction; communicative planning; political decisions

Article.  9309 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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