The Collaborating Planner?

Practitioners in the Neoliberal Age

Ben Clifford and Mark Tewdwr-Jones

The Collaborating Planner?

Ben Clifford and Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Distributed for Bristol University Press

288 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447305101 Published September 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447305118 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This book aims to understand how both specific planning and broader public sector reforms have been experienced and understood by chartered town planners working at local levels of authority across Great Britain. Each chapter outlines the reaction by professionals to reforms promoted by successive central and devolved governments over the last decade, before considering the broader issues of what this tells us about how modernization is rolled out by frontline public servants. The Collaborating Planner? fills a glaring gap in scholarship and makes ideal reading for students and researchers interested in the UK planning system.
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Abbreviations and acronyms
Notes on the authors

1. Introduction: planning at the coalface in a time of constant change
2. Conceptualising governance and planning reform
3. The planner within a professional and institutional context
4. Process: implementing spatial planning
5. Management: the efficiency agenda, audit and targets
6. Participation: planners and their ‘customers’
7. Culture: the planning ‘ethos’
8. Conclusion: the importance of planning’s front line

Review Quotes
European Planning Studies
“[The Collaborating Planner?] provides an important contribution to understanding planning as a practice. It is valuable reading for both practitioners and researchers of planning and policy implementation.”
Journal of Social Policy
“Offers something unique to the body of literature on planning, for whilst there have been limited attempts to tell the story of reform from the planner’s perspective, few have been done from such a methodologically rich set of data. . . . Engaging and compelling.”
Dr Geraint Ellis, Queen’s University Belfast

"There is no other book that so effectively illuminates the politics of contemporary planning—from the ideological drift of neoliberalism to the hard decisions on planning’s front line. It should be on the reading lists of every university course in planning, housing, property development, and urban studies."

Phil Allmendinger, University of Cambridge

“In studies of the changing nature of planning, opinions are more common than empirical analyses. This is where Clifford and Tewdwr-Jones excel. In their rich and detailed exploration of the modernisation of planning they have produced an impressive account that adds to our understanding of change from the perspective of frontline planners.”

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