Planning Ethics: A Reader in Planning Theory, Practice and Education / Edition 1

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Over the past fifty years professional understanding of planning has changed markedly. In the past, planning was primarily described as a technical activity involving data collection, analysis, and synthesis of physical plans and supporting policies. Now planning is seen as a much broader set of human activities, encompassing the physical world and also the realm of public and social services. Not surprisingly, planners’ discussions of ethics have evolved. Professional ethics is regarded by many planners to be limited to a set of rules of behavior regarding interactions with the public, sources of data, government officials, and one another.

This shift is symbolized by the evolution of the labels by which ethics is known: from a circumscribed view of professional ethics to a broader concept of ethics in planning; both of which are discussed in this book. Sue Hendler argues that planners recognize that every act of planning pursues certain human values and is a series of statements about what we take to be right or wrong and what we take to represent the highest priorities of the society.

Planning Ethics explores planning within alternative moral theories, including liberalism, communitarianism, environmentalism, and feminism. The contributors illustrate the application of these ethical principles in specific planning contexts encompassing community development, land conversion, waste management, electric power planning, and education planning. This is the next generation of thinking on ethics and planning. It will be a centerpiece of every planning curriculum.

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“According to Martin Wachs, who wrote the foreword, this book “deals with the intersection of planning theory, practice, and education. In doing so, it perfectly encapsulates the status of planning ethics as we approach a new century”… [The] collected… writings of 17 academics in universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States… [T]hey represent a rich array of contemporary thought about ethical theory as applied to the planning profession… Professional planners concerned about ethics and ethical performance should add this book to their libraries and read selected portions. Generally, it provides valuable insights into the status of contemporary ethical behavior, with an illuminating cross-section of informed thought.” —Arnold Cogal, Journal of the American Planning Association “I have little doubt that this volume will become a well-thumbed resource for students, academics and… some professionals… The contributions are well chosen, illustrating, as they do, a diversity of approaches and a wide variety of types of planning courses in which ethics can feature (not simply in conjunction with planning theory, for example, but also as part of a transport planning course).” —Huw Thomas, Urban Studies "Consistently interesting, thought-provoking, and useful for both planning practitioners and educators." —Norman Krumholz, Journal of the American Planning Association "Extremely well done… Should be in the library of every ex­perienced planner… explored by every student beginning in the profession... [T]he essays are winners." —Richard Bolan, Journal of Planning Education and Research "Will become a well-thumbed resource for students, academics, and —one would hope—some professionals." —Huw Thomas, Urban Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882851518
  • Publisher: CUPR/Transaction
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 374

Meet the Author

Sue Hendler (1960-2009) was associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University. Her work focused on environmental philosophy and policy, social issues, and planning ethics. Her writings appeared in numerous journals, including Planning Theory and Practice, Ethics and Professional Planners, and Planning Canada.

Martin Wachs is a senior principal researcher at RAND Corporation. He formerly served as director of the Transportation, Space, and Technology Program. Previously, he was professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Transportation for the Elderly, Transportation Planning on Trial, and Pricing Urban Transportation.

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Table of Contents

1 A Classical Liberal (Libertarian) Approach to Planning Theory 11
2 Rawlsian Planning Theory 30
3 Contemporary Procedural Ethical Theory and Planning Theory 49
4 Community and the Four Jewels of Planning 66
5 Contemporary Environmental Philosophy and Its Challenge to Planning Theory 83
6 Feminist Contributions to Ethics and Planning Theory 104
7 Rawlsian Justice and Community Planning 141
8 Ethics in Environmental Planning Practice: The Case of Agricultural Land Protection 154
9 An Equity-Based Approach to Waste Management Facility Siting 174
10 Ethics, Passion, Reason, and Power: The Rhetorics of Electric Power Planning in Chicago 195
11 Education Planning: Ethical Dilemmas Arising in Public Policy Decision Making 221
12 Reflections on Teaching Three Versions of a Planning Ethics Course 261
13 Teaching Ethics and Planning Theory 281
14 Introducing Philosophical Theories to Urban Transportation Planning 301
15 Teaching Environmental Philosophy to Graduate Planning Students 321
Selected Bibliography 345
About the Contributors 351
Index 353
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