Is This How It Is, or Is This How It Is Here? Making Sense of Politics in Planning

Authored by: Wytske Versteeg , Maarten Hajer

The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning Theory

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754672548
eBook ISBN: 9781315279251
Adobe ISBN: 9781315279244

10.4324/9781315279251.ch5

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Abstract

I’ve been very disillusioned. Of course people are going to be self-interested, but I was surprised at the degree to which that’s true, and at how people work very long and very hard simply to protect their own interests … This is the first planning job I’ve had, and I often find myself wondering, ‘Is this how it is, or is this how it is here?’ … It’s also been a learning experience. This is my first job, and even though sometimes I’m not real happy with the way things go, I’m still learning a lot about politics.

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