Organic planning: a new approach to public participation in local governance

Publication year: 
1998

In the past few years, a new form of citizen-oriented policy deliberation has emerged. Often using the concept of "visioning" as a vehicle, efforts have been carried out to foster citizen discussions regarding the desired future of a community, region, or jurisdiction. The future orientation of such deliberations allows for a wide array of issues and concerns to be identified and acted upon in a developmental format. This paper seeks to draw some generalisations from this new phenomena. We argue that this is a new form of citizen participation that builds upon, but is distinct from, previous citizen participation practices and models. We call this new variant organic planning.

Source publication information
Journal Title: 
Social science journal
Volume: 
Vol. 35, no. 4
Pages: 
509-23
Publisher
L.C. Plein, Department of Public Administration, Box 6322, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506