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Exploring the usefulness of structural-functional approaches to analyse governance of planning systems

Potts, Ruth, Vella, Karen, Dale, Allan and Sipe, Neil (2014). Exploring the usefulness of structural-functional approaches to analyse governance of planning systems. Planning Theory,(October):1-28.

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Title Exploring the usefulness of structural-functional approaches to analyse governance of planning systems
Author Potts, Ruth
Vella, Karen
Dale, Allan
Sipe, Neil
Journal Name Planning Theory
Publication Date 2014
Issue Number October
ISSN 1473-0952   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 28
Total Pages 28
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Existing planning theories tend to be limited in their analytical scope and often fail to account for the impact of many interactions between the multitudes of stakeholders involved in strategic planning processes. Although many theorists rejected structural–functional approaches from the 1970s, this article argues that many of structural–functional concepts remain relevant and useful to planning practitioners. In fact, structural–functional approaches are highly useful and practical when used as a foundation for systemic analysis of real-world, multi-layered, complex planning systems to support evidence-based governance reform. Such approaches provide a logical and systematic approach to the analysis of the wider governance of strategic planning systems that is grounded in systems theory and complementary to existing theories of complexity and planning. While we do not propose its use as a grand theory of planning, this article discusses how structural–functional concepts and approaches might be applied to underpin a practical analysis of the complex decision-making arrangements that drive planning practice, and to provide the evidence needed to target reform of poorly performing arrangements.
Keywords analysis
complex systems
governance
planning
structural-functionalism
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473095214553519   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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