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Autopoietic interaction systems: micro-dynamics of participation and its limits

Chettiparambil Rajan, A. ORCID: (2020) Autopoietic interaction systems: micro-dynamics of participation and its limits. International Planning Studies, 25 (4). pp. 427-440. ISSN 1469-9265

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13563475.2019.1627185


This article engages with two published case studies describing participation in planning, a much-discussed aspect of spatial planning. After a brief review of the arguments advanced in the articles, the case studies are reinterpreted using the theory of social autopoiesis as advanced by Niklas Luhman, in particular, one concept from the theory – interaction systems. The re-analysis yields two results: it illustrates the added contribution that the theory can make to understand public participation in spatial planning, but also highlights particular issues in relation to participatory planning and its use in spatial planning.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:83955
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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