Local Government and Strategic Choice (Routledge Revivals): An Operational Research Approach to the Processes of Public Planning, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Local Government and Strategic Choice (Routledge Revivals)

An Operational Research Approach to the Processes of Public Planning, 1st Edition

By John Friend, Neil Jessop


306 pages

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First published in 1969, this book is concerned with the processes of policy-making in local government. The authors address themselves to the basic challenge of planning in a democracy and consider issues such as how those elected to exercise choice on our behalf can preserve and expand their capacity to choose discriminatingly, when the sheer complexity of the issues facing them tends all the time to make them increasingly dependent on the skills and judgements of their professional advisers. This question is explored in relation to the many different, yet interdependent, aspects of the planning process which impinge on any local community – with particular reference to the planning of housing, transport, education, and shopping, of land use and local government finance.

The book is the outcome of a four-year program of research during which a mixed team of operational research and social scientists was given a unique opportunity to observe the ways in which decisions were made and plans formulated in one particular city- Coventry. It covers both political and professional aspects of local government in 1960s Great Britain and has had important implications for urban governments throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Forward to this edition; The origins of the book; Acknowledgements; Synopsis; Part I: An Appraisal of Planning in a Major Local Authority 1. An introduction to Coventry and its council 2. Four years of planning in Coventry 3. Planning and the mechanisms of decision 4. Information and uncertainty in planning Part II: Planning: A Process of Strategic Choice 5. The nature of planning 6. The operational problems of the planning process 7. Planning in its organizational context Part III: Towards a Technology for Strategic Choice 8. An approach through case examples 9. Case one: land allocation in a redevelopment area 10. Case two: priorities within a changing town 11. Case three: strategy for a sub-region 12. A general appraisal of the technology Part IV: The Organizational Challenge 13. Organizational choice in a local government 14. A case example in organizational choice 15. Prospects for public planning; Postscript; Supplementary bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban