Re-conceptualising public participation in spatial planning: a view through autopoiesis
Chettiparamb, A. (2007) Re-conceptualising public participation in spatial planning: a view through autopoiesis. Planning Theory, 6 (3). pp. 263-281. ISSN 1741-3052
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This article examines the relevance of the concept of autopoiesis for public participation in spatial planning. The concept of autopoiesis within social science, as advanced by Niklas Luhmann (1995) argues for a systemic, consistent and sophisticated theory of society based on a systems view, as opposed to more familiar action-based theories (for instance as in the case of the Habermasian tradition). By examining the relevance of the concept for public participation in spatial planning, this article highlights specific aspects of public participation that draw attention to dimensions of planning that are not currently explicitly highlighted within mainstream discourses in planning