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Nick Gallent and Daniela Ciaffi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315162

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.001.0001

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Flexible local planning:

Flexible local planning:

Linking community initiative with municipal planning in Volda, Norway

Chapter:
(p.280) (p.281) 15 Flexible local planning
Source:
Community action and planning
Author(s):

Jørgen Amdam

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315162.003.0015

The author brings different actors and scales together in a depiction of Volda (Norway) as a complex adaptive system, arguing that the effects of scale can be nullified where there is a genuine devolution of power to community actors; that, essentially, there are decisions that are best made at a community scale though ‘self-governed community development’. Such mechanisms are specific to context, but many conceptions of planning allow the separation of strategic from local development decisions, and the argument that power should be devolved as far as possible is not an unusual one. These debates, however, inevitably return to the view that community action will always exist within the shadow of hierarchical authority.

Keywords:   flexibility, local planning, community action, self-governed community development

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