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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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The planner within a professional and institutional context

The planner within a professional and institutional context

(p.60) (p.61) Three The planner within a professional and institutional context
The collaborating planner?

Ben Clifford

Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Policy Press

This chapter considers the role of planners in reform processes by outlining how they can be understood as professional technical experts, as subjects of neoliberalism and as frontline ‘Street-level Bureaucrats’. This leads to an exploration of ‘sociological institutionalism’, which draws upon Giddens’ structuration theory, and which provides the theoretical framework for the subsequent chapters. The chapter concludes that planning reform, like other public sector modernisation, must be considered as a ‘peopled process’.

Keywords:   Planners, Professionalism, Neoliberalism, Street-level bureaucracy, Sociological institutionalism

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