Bypassing Publicity for Getting Things Done : Between Informal and Formal Planning Practices in Finland

Pia Bäcklund*, Liisa Häikiö, Helena Leino, Vesa Kanninen

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Abstract

This article contributes to the discussion concerning the ways in which network governance and classical-modernist government practices juxtapose and redefine the idea of publicity in planning practices. Through Finnish urban planning cases we ask what kind of publicity is being promoted. We argue that new modes of governing build and employ institutional ambiguity for ‘getting things done’. This provides possibilities to ‘skim the cream’ of the best possible ways of resolving present planning issues. The crucial question is whether the possible positive outcomes give a mandate to the process, even if the process operates in a democratic void.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-325
Number of pages17
JournalPlanning Practice and Research
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • democracy
  • governance networks
  • informal planning
  • publicity of planning
  • Strategic planning

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