Local Government and Strategic Choice

Local Government and Strategic Choice

An Operational Research Approach to the Processes of Public Planning

2nd Edition - January 1, 1976

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  • Authors: J.K. Friend, W.N. Jessop
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483153339

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Local Government and Strategic Choice, Second Edition discusses decision-making in local government, in particular, to those more strategic levels of choice which tend to be linked with the terms 'planning' and 'policy-making.' This book is organized into four parts. Part I centers on an appraisal of planning in a major local authority. Part II details the nature of the planning process in any governmental setting and the characteristic types of operational and organizational problem to which it gives rise. Parts III and IV use the medium of case examples to suggest how the planning process can be made more effective, first through the development of an appropriate technology of choice, and secondly through the adaptation of organizational forms to allow the technology to become a workable instrument of democratic control.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword to this Edition Page

    The Origins of the Book



    Part I An Appraisal of Planning in a Major Local Authority

    1 An Introduction to Coventry and Its Council

    2 Four Years of Planning in Coventry

    3 Planning and the Mechanisms of Decision

    4 Information and Uncertainty in Planning

    References for Part I

    Part II Planning: A Process of Strategic Choice

    5 The Nature of Planning

    6 The Operational Problems of the Planning Process

    7 Planning in Its Organizational Context

    References for Part II

    Part III Towards a Technology for Strategic Choice

    8 An Approach through Case Examples

    9 Case One: Land Allocation in a Redevelopment Area

    10 Case Two: Priorities within a Changing Town

    11 Case Three: Strategy for a Sub-Region

    12 A General Appraisal of the Technology

    References for Part III

    Part IV The Organizational Challenge

    13 Organizational Choice in Local Government

    14 A Case Example in Organizational Choice

    15 Prospects for Public Planning

    References for Part IV


    Supplementary bibliography


Product details

  • No. of pages: 330
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1976
  • Published: January 1, 1976
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483153339

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J.K. Friend

W.N. Jessop

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