Many of the key notions associated with spatial planning are essentially ’fuzzy’ in their nature. For example, while almost everyone accepts ’sustainability’ as an important goal of planning, the actions of the actors involved can render the achieved ’sustainability’ minimal, or even counterproductive. Putting forward an innovative way of looking at planning problems and policies, this volume suggests actor-consulting is important in addressing the fuzzy nature of planning. A tool to address differences in understanding, actor-consulting is based on an analysis of actor motives, perceptions and contributions. By inviting all actors to express their desired, actual and potential contributions to achieving an agreed outcome to a local policy issue, decision-makers have a means to develop their goals in line with the roles, motivation, perception and behaviour of the various actors involved. Including contributions from Patsy Healy, Johan Woltjer, Don Miller and Karel Martens, the book presents a variety of case studies which demonstrate the use of the actor-consulting model in addressing planning issues.
Gert de Roo is Professor of Planning and Environment at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Dr Geoff Porter is a Researcher at the Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
'...the volume provides an accessible framework for the furthering of thought and practice in the field of lived governance complexity and ambiguity...strongly recommend[ed]...to a broad audience of readers concerned with contemporary and emerging theories and practices of governing.' Tijdschrift Voor Economishe en Sociale Geografie '...a timely and welcome contribution to the dialogue around decision-making practices in planning in an era of change (climate, politics, institutional structures, regulatory frameworks...).' Australian Planner