Planning conflicts in the pluralistic democracy

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https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.1710

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Planning theory, Conflict, Collaborative planning, Agonistic planning, Democracy

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This paper deals with planning conflicts in the pluralistic democracy, based on an international literature review. The aim is to trace the state of research on how spatial planning deals with conflicts. Moreover, we reflect upon the development of major planning paradigms with regard to this topic. To this end, some basics on conflict and conflict resolution in spatial planning are presented. The collaborative planning paradigm, which appears hegemonic in planning theory and practice until today, is then critically discussed with regard to its handling of conflicts. Subsequently, agonistic planning theory is introduced with reference to the work of political scientist Chantal Mouffe. This concept claims to deal specifically with conflict, which renders it particularly relevant for this topic. In conclusion, the paper reflects on the extent to which agonistic planning can have practical relevance for the regulation of conflicts and how this can be achieved in contemporary planning practice.

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“Planning conflicts in the pluralistic democracy” (2023) Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning, 81(5), pp. 422–436. doi:10.14512/rur.1710.

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