Public Planner – A Deliberative Authority

Raine Mäntysalo*, Martin Westin, Hanna Mattila

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Beyond merely mediating between particular interests, deliberative planners are in need of a firmer agency in shaping attention to common good concerns. However, locating such agency legitimately in the context of deliberative ideals is difficult, and not well supported by theory. A key problem is the weak conceptualization of legitimate forms of power-over, regarding the deliberative planners’ agency. To address this theoretical challenge, the article employs Haugaard’s rethinking of power-over, Salet’s dialectics of public norms and performative aspirations, the “systems” turn of deliberative democracy theory, and Warren’s related work on authority.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-29
Number of pages19
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number1
Early online date21 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Common good
  • communicative planning theory
  • deliberative democracy theory
  • power-over
  • power-to


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