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The collaborating planner?Practitioners in the neoliberal age$
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Ben Clifford and Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305118

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305118.001.0001

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Culture: the planning ‘ethos’

Culture: the planning ‘ethos’

(p.196) (p.197) Seven Culture: the planning ‘ethos’
The collaborating planner?

Ben Clifford

Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Policy Press

This chapter examines ideas about planning’s identity and the public sector ethos. It explores the biographies of planners, how they continue to make appeals to the ‘greater good’, drawing on conceptions of planning serving society, and how they seem more motivated by technical achievements and ideals of serving society and the environment than by providing a high quality service. This understanding of planning identity is then used to consider collaborative planning: behind the motivation to act and collaborate within new forms of planning are actor perceptions, and motivations toward, and interactions with, other actors. It discusses how, at the intersection of capacity-building between agencies in the governance process, the convergence of actors’ rationales for involvement with and participation in the policy or practical requirements of the partnership activity, ensures interaction can be identified as a political and transpersonal experience. The capacity-building arena will by its very nature possess differing actors who can be identified by their different remits and/or expectations of what the collaboration can be expected to deliver for their agency.

Keywords:   Planning, Professionalism, Identity, Public sector ethos, Reform, Collaborative Planner, Great Britain

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