2nd Edition

Planning with Complexity An Introduction to Collaborative Rationality for Public Policy

By Judith E. Innes, David E. Booher Copyright 2018
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    In an era of rapid change, uncertainty, and hyperpartisanship, when wicked problems abound, tools for solving public problems are more essential than ever. The authors lay out a new theory for collaborative practice in planning, public administration, and public policy. Planning with Complexity provides both theoretical underpinnings and extensive case material on collaboration and offers ways of understanding and conducting effective practice. Collaborative rationality means collaboration that is inclusive, informed, grounded in authentic dialogue, and that results in wise and durable outcomes.

    The scholar-practitioner author team builds on more than 40 years of research, teaching, and practice addressing environmental issues, housing, and transportation. This second edition updates the case studies and adds new examples reflecting the global spread of collaborative practices. It builds on insights that have recently emerged in the literature. More than 75 new references have been incorporated, along with new tables. This book is essential for students, educators, scholars, and reflective practitioners in public policy fields in the 21st century.



    Chapter 1 Thinking differently for an age of complexity

    Chapter 2 How can theory improve practice?

    Chapter 3 Stories from the Field

    Chapter 4 The Praxis of Collaboration

    Chapter 5 Dialogue as a community of inquiry

    Chapter 6 Knowledge into action: The role of dialogue

    Chapter 7 Local Knowledge

    Chapter 8 Collaborative governance for a resilient society


    Judith E. Innes retired after 40 years from the University of California Berkeley, where she studied consensus building processes and taught theory and collaborative planning in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She also directed the Institute of Urban and Regional Development. She has published dozens of articles and books.

    David E. Booher has 40 years’ professional experience in negotiation and collaborative planning as a planner, lobbyist, scholar, teacher, and consultant, most recently for the Center for Collaborative Policy. He is an author of numerous articles on collaboration in public policy and planning.