Edited by Hans Westlund and Johan P. Larsson
Chapter 18: A Habermas-inspired approach to social capital in regional planning
This chapter shows how Jürgen Habermas’s ideas are relevant to the theory of social capital, in the context of regional planning. Many scholars in regional planning theory find Habermas’s theory of communicative action attractive, and some have suggested an application to social capital. This chapter goes further, especially in adding a discussion of Habermas’s concepts of the lifeworld and normative action. The author compares his own ‘Habermas-inspired’ concept of social capital to some economists’ theories of individual investment in social capital, and argues that regional planning can benefit by drawing on both sets of ideas.
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