Key Concepts in Planning forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Planning provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Planning. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes: An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject; Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading
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Chapter 9: Interests and the Public Interest
Interests and the Public Interest
Related terms: stakeholders; consensus; rights; conflict; power; elites; community; national interest; representation; participation; exclusion; public goods
This chapter focuses on the notion of interests and more specifically the idea of the public interest as a term that has been used to justify planning practice and intervention. Given the wide rhetorical use of the ‘public interest’ and long history in providing a legitimating concept for planning (see Friedmann, 1973; Howe, 1992; Klosterman, 1985), it is important to explain its meaning and usages. Booth, for example, called for ‘a wider debate on the nature of the public interest expressed in the land-use planning system’ (2002: 169), in order to clarify and make more transparent the thinking and rationale for ...