Strategic planning as the intentional production of a "Trading Zone"

Alessandro Balducci
2015 City, Territory and Architecture  
For a long period of time there has been a kind of mirroring between the development of decision making models in Political science and the concepts and paradigms used in Planning theory. The dialogue has been interrupted when the "Garbage Can" model was proposed by Choen, March and Olsen in 1972: a model that emphasized the irreducible complexity of the policy processes. Methods: The article reconstructs this relationship and its evolution showing the influence of decision-making models on
more » ... ning theory, and showing the difficulties of managing complexity for planners. Results: The paper holds that interpreting planning processes through the lens of the "Trading zone" concept proposed by Peter Galison in the field of history of science could be an interesting way of dealing with the extreme complexity of contemporary planning problems. Conclusions: The conclusion is that the use of the Trading Zone concept is very promising to solve some dilemmas of planning theory and that it is particularly useful if we employ it in the growing area of strategic spatial planning.
doi:10.1186/s40410-014-0021-2 fatcat:zu76a6uscvfzdn7vhpccnmzhuy