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Articulating ‘public interest’ through complexity theory

Chettiparamb, A. ORCID: (2016) Articulating ‘public interest’ through complexity theory. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34 (7). pp. 1284-1305. ISSN 1472-3425

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15610580


The ‘Public interest’, even if viewed with ambiguity or scepticism, has been one of the primary means by which various professional roles of planners have been justified. Many objections to the concept have been advanced by writers in planning academia. Notwithstanding these, ‘public interest’ continues to be mobilised, to justify, defend or argue for planning interventions and reforms. This has led to arguments that planning will have to adopt and recognise some form of public interest in practice to legitimise itself.. This paper explores current debates around public interest and social justice and advances a vision of the public interest informed by complexity theory. The empirical context of the paper is the poverty alleviation programme, the Kudumbashree project in Kerala, India.

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