The Economy and the Planning Process



This chapter analyses planning processes in an abstract way. The first section discusses how the choice of a planning process might be made. The second section examines planning as a process of co-ordinating information held by the various agents in the economy, and gives a general representation of planning processes which suggests certain principles of classification. The third section discusses the formation of administrative hierarchies, the authority relations existing within such hierarchies, and the problem of reconciling conflicting preferences. This is an aspect of planning procedures which is imperfectly captured by analyses emphasising information flows.


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© Martin Cave and Paul Hare 1981

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