For more than 40 years, I have dual tasked by working in planning and politics at the same time. I have served for more than 20 years as an elected representative at all three levels of government in Norway. I have been a planner for about 30 years – as a student of planning, a community planner and an associate professor of public planning. I have become increasingly convinced that both my planning theory position and my view of planning in practice are strongly influenced by experiences from my political work. I am equally convinced that the planner in me has been visible in my work as a politician. My knowledge, perception and experience of planning – as a practitioner, teacher and researcher – has shaped me as a politician and undoubtedly influenced my political work. The question is how. I present some tentative answers here in this chapter.
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