Local Government and Strategic Choice - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780080214511, 9781483136431

Local Government and Strategic Choice

2nd Edition

An Operational Research Approach to the Processes of Public Planning

Authors: J.K. Friend W.N. Jessop
eBook ISBN: 9781483136431
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1977
Page Count: 330
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Local Government and Strategic Choice, Second Edition is the result of a study of policy-formation in the City Council of Coventry during a four-year period. This edition is a reappraisal of the earlier edition, with an emphasis on ""connective planning.""
Part I describes the planning strategies made in an urban setting. This part explains the City and the City Council, organization of the local authority, decision-making mechanisms, developmental planning including land use, school system planning, and cross-departmental planning. Part II is a study of city planning as a process of strategic choice that has been altered in many different ways depending on the purpose. This part also discusses the problems encountered in the planning process such as the existence of organization boundaries in the government sector. Part III deals with a fictional case that relates the uncertainties and political realities of decision-making in an urban setting. The case studies cover land allocation and development, tax, and traffic issues. Part IV discusses organizational challenge and also touches in some way on the future organizational structure of local governments. This text then explains the need for ""connective planning"" of how individuals build flexible networks among decision-making agencies to serve the various interests of both the private and government sectors.
This book is suitable for sociologists, city administrators and officials, local government officials, heads of government agencies, and heads of planning and engineering departments of local government units.

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



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