Professional Lobbying in Urban Planning : Publicity Management and Transparency Discourse on a Collision Course?

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2022
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en
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19
175-193
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Planning Theory and Practice, Volume 23, issue 2
Abstract
This article examines professional lobbying in urban planning and the related decision-making process, as perceived by lobbyists, planners, and politicians in Finland. The implications as to the transparency of planning are particularly discussed. Transparency is generally considered a key value of public governance under democratic control, while for professional lobbying a key asset is its ability to manage transparency and publicity. Examining lobbying in planning complements the picture of planning transparency, the deficiency of which has been identified as a problem of democracy. The prevailing transparency discourse appears to oppose the practices of publicity management, but does it produce only ostensible improvements to planning democracy? The emerging picture of planning transparency suggests that transparency, and thus democratic practices, play a smaller role in the legitimacy in planning than generally thought.
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Local politics, decision-making, informal influencing, public affairs consultant, Helsinki
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Hirvola , A 2022 , ' Professional Lobbying in Urban Planning : Publicity Management and Transparency Discourse on a Collision Course? ' , Planning Theory and Practice , vol. 23 , no. 2 , pp. 175-193 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2022.2034922