How to deal with populists? Democratic and planning theoretical perspectives in view of planning practice and research Authors Pia Thiele Deutsch http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8169-3448 Markus Leibenath Deutsch https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1384-1285 DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.77 Keywords: Democratic theories, communicative planning theory, rational planning theory, agonistic planning theory, roles of planners Abstract The rise of populist forces like the German Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) presents a new challenge to spatial planning because of its potential for conflict in substantial and procedural terms. Drawing on democratic and planning theory, this article compares three theoretical perspectives on populism and planning in order to draw a conclusion on the implications for planning practice and theory. The theories consulted are elitist, rational-technocratic theories, deliberative, participatory theories as well as radical democratic-agonistic theories. If we are to translate theses perspectives into planners’ hypothetical courses of actions, a nuanced picture of possible strategies of action in dealing with populist actors and tendencies comes about. Planning practitioners may choose strategies like ‘ignoring’, ‘arguing’, ‘integrating’, ‘excluding’ and ‘profiting from’ populists. As such, planners and populists might become allies sharing a common interest in re-politicizing current conditions. Concluding, with said theoretical perspectives in mind, the contribution offers topics and questions for further research. Downloads PDF (Deutsch) HTML (Deutsch) Published 2021-06-07 How to Cite Thiele, P., & Leibenath, M. (2021). How to deal with populists? Democratic and planning theoretical perspectives in view of planning practice and research. Raumforschung Und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.77 More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Online first Section Article License Copyright (c) 2021 Pia Thiele, Markus Leibenath This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung - Spatial Research and Planing are published under a Creative Commons license. Until Vol. 79 No. 1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0. Under this license, anyone may access, copy, redistribute, or adapt these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited and the contributions are distributed under the same license as the original.