The just cause for planning. Six perspectives on the public interest in the physical domain (7000)

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Planners are a special kind of professional. They are not just knowledgeable ex plans for urban or regional development, commissioned by municipalities, privat anyone else who pays them. Planners do their work in a strive for a better wor hold a firm set of beliefs about what this better world should look like and contribute to this better world. The cities they build and the developments th cause. But planners are also normal people. Like any other professional, expert them may think differently on what precisely is a better world. In other word different views of what is the just cause for planning. The ethical concerns underlying planning efforts and spatial policies are often of justice or other moral frames. In practice, many planning efforts relate to and their contribution the public interest. This paper focuses on this broad pra public interest and aims to give insight in the variety of views people have on when it comes to the physical domain of urban and regional development. Based research with a value-oriented approach, in which the variety of normative vie spatial planning is defined, six perspectives on the public interest in the presented. Each of these perspectives reflects a distinct combination of underlyi This overview of six perspectives on the public interest in the physical domain better plans. Plans that present a substantial normative choice on spatial deve can be tested in social debate and decided upon in the political arena. The six public interest will be characterised with a view to contemporary spatial devel will be positioned in view of social, economical and political preferences interventions. This helps to draw up plans and decide upon the appropriate role dealing with spatial development issues, either in collaborative processes with communities, or with a clear-cut division in responsibilities between gove organisations and private parties.
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justice, decision-making, public interest
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