Planners in Politics
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Planners in Politics

Do they Make a Difference?

Edited by Louis Albrechts

In this innovative book, ten executive politicians with backgrounds in planning from around the world dissect their own political careers. Reflecting on the often structural impact of their work in political decision-making, they also consider the translation of their experiences back into academic life or professional practice.
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Chapter 13: From the limits of planning to political engagement

Louis Albrechts


Using, for analytical reasons, a distinction between three dimensions of the broader process, the need is felt to unravel the political. It is argued that planning needs a better understanding of how political decision-making takes place. Moreover, in a similar way as advocacy planners realized that, because they lacked power to implement chosen policies, they had to run for office, some planners telling their story in this book ran for office or were appointed in an executive position. The stories of the (ex)politicians with a background in planning illustrate that their background, in different ways, made it possible to make a difference. The stories reveal how these politicians thought about their responsibilities, how and why they decided to act in the way they did, how they succeeded/failed and how they attempted to draw lessons.

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