Backtracking Auckland?: Technical and communicative reason in metropolitan transport planning

Mees, P and Dodson, J 2007, 'Backtracking Auckland?: Technical and communicative reason in metropolitan transport planning', International Planning Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 35-53.


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Title Backtracking Auckland?: Technical and communicative reason in metropolitan transport planning
Author(s) Mees, P
Dodson, J
Year 2007
Journal name International Planning Studies
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 53
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Communicative planning has helped to illuminate the role of technical reason in planning processes. Transport planning has had little exposure to the communicative perspective. This paper examines transport planning in Auckland, New Zealand, from a communicative planning perspective. The paper argues that the historical dominance of technical reason has biased strategic transport policy towards supporting automobiles over more sustainable modes. The paper demonstrates the dominance of technical rationality in transport strategy-making processes and institutions in contrast to expressed public preferences. The paper concludes by arguing that the achievement of greater sustainability in Auckland's transport, and elsewhere, depends on a greater communicative emphasis in regional planning and transport strategy making.
Subject Urban Analysis and Development
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13563470701346568
ISSN 1356-3475
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