Can Planning Replace Politics?

The Israeli Experience

  • Editors
  • Raphaella Bilski
  • Itzhak Galnoor
  • Dan Inbar
  • Yohanan Manor
  • Gabriel Sheffer

Part of the The Van Leer Jerusalem Foundation Series book series (JVLF, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-7
  2. Theoretical Aspects of National Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Dan Inbar
      Pages 11-27
    3. Moshe Shani
      Pages 59-76
    4. Raphaella Bilski, Itzhak Galnoor
      Pages 77-98
    5. Gabriel Sheffer, Dan Inbar
      Pages 99-129
  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Raphaella Bilski, Itzhak Galnoor, Dan Inbar, Yohanan Manor, Gabriel Sheffer
      Pages 133-135
    3. Itzhak Galnoor
      Pages 137-215
    4. Raphaella Bilski
      Pages 217-258
    5. Moshe Hill
      Pages 259-282
    6. Gabriel Sheffer, Yohanan Manor
      Pages 283-319
  4. Planning and Policymaking in Israel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Raphaella Bilski, Itzhak Galnoor, Dan Inbar, Yohanan Manor, Gabriel Sheffer
      Pages 323-337

About this book


Much hope has been placed in the potential of planning to solve social and economic problems. In the East ~nd the West, in devel­ oped and less-developed countries, planning has become widespread. It has been praised and ridiculed, used and misused, both as a catch­ word for a better future and as a scapegoat for bitter failure. Plan­ ning has been interpreted differently by every society, giving rise to a wide range of styles and approaches. Fascination with the phenom­ enon has yielded a variety of definitions of planning, each of them influenced by the actual problems facing the planners on the one hand, and by the imagination, ideology and aspirations of the theo­ rists on the other. However, the variety of approaches and definitions has almost obscured the phenomenon itself and blurred its specific meaning. This fact, coupled with disappointment with the practical achievements of plannings, has created much criticism of the social and political value of planning in the West. In this volume we do not intend to answer the question whether planning in Western countries has been successful, nor to suggest specific ways of improving it. We shall limit ourselves to presenting a case study of national planning in one country. The title of this book suggests that the crucial question regarding planning efforts in Israel and perhaps in other countries is the tension between images of planning processes (systematic, comprehensive, structured, etc. ) and political processes (improvised, fragmented, diffused, etc. ).


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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8859-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8857-6
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