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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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Introduction: planning at the coalface in a time of constant change

Introduction: planning at the coalface in a time of constant change

(p.1) One Introduction: planning at the coalface in a time of constant change
The collaborating planner?

Ben Clifford

Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Policy Press

The introductory chapter outlines the ongoing programme of planning reform being pursued by central and devolved government in Great Britain. The reforms implemented by New Labour (1997-2010) are explored and provide the context for policy intervention by the current UK Coalition Government (2010- ). It is argued that, whilst planning reform intersects with a wider agenda to modernise local government and the public services, there is a lack of rigorous empirical data on the reaction of planners to these broad reforms. This leads to a tendency to focus on structures rather than peopled practices, ignoring the fact that reforms require implementation by frontline planners.

Keywords:   Planning reform, Great Britain, Planners, Implementation, Public sector reform

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