Systemic Institutional Design for Collaborative Planning

  • Patsy Healey
Part of the Planning Environment Cities book series (PEC)


The previous chapter has described an approach to the design of instances of collaborative inclusionary argumentation through which new understandings and new ways of framing policy and action could be developed. These have the potential to generate storylines and key actions which could help those involved sort out their dilemmas as regards co-existence in shared spaces. The approach provides a way of realising a policy-driven approach to governance, grounded in the resources of formal knowledge and empathetic understanding available to those with a stake in issues, within which the culturally-bound and value-laden dimensions of people’s concerns about their local environments can be brought into discussion. It generates policy ideas, systems of meaning and social relations which provide a store of ‘capital’ to be drawn on in the future. It helps to build the institutional capacity of places to enable a proactive, developmental response to the conditions and relations of an urban region. The ideas and understandings generated help to frame the way people think about their subsequent actions. Through such framing work, subsequent actions are shaped in new ways. This leads to co-ordination without the need for formal co-ordination procedures.


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© Patsy Healey 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patsy Healey
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  1. 1.Department of Town and Country PlanningUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneUK

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