Questions of legitimacy and consensus in regional planning: The case of CQ a new millennium

Everingham, J. (2005). Questions of legitimacy and consensus in regional planning: The case of CQ a new millennium. In: Dave Gardiner and Katie Scott, Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities. International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, QLD, Austalia, (1-22). 14 -17 August 2005.

Author Everingham, J.
Title of paper Questions of legitimacy and consensus in regional planning: The case of CQ a new millennium
Conference name International Conference on Engaging Communities
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Austalia
Conference dates 14 -17 August 2005
Convener United Nations
Proceedings title Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Department of Main Roads
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1920719032
Editor Dave Gardiner
Katie Scott
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper seeks to explore democratic rationales inherent in a recent case of regional planning in Australia and to highlight a departure from the liberal representative democracy that has prevailed in Australian political culture. In Australia, as elsewhere, there are increased opportunities for more participatory governance. This occurs through cooperative networks involving a range of non-elected stakeholders and citizens rather than relying on vertical control by the state. Such broadened involvement raises questions about a range of issues including representation, accountability, legitimacy, deliberation and balancing competing validity claims. These issues are central to any project that seeks to employ community engagement practices to address the supposed ‘democratic deficit’ in complex societies. Competing arguments in these respects for community engagement practices versus a procedural, top-down role for the state are considered in relation to a regional planning exercise in Central Queensland, Australia. The case study suggests that there are advantages to specific forms of community engagement with respect to some, but not all of these dimensions in such governance roles.
Subjects 16 Studies in Human Society
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
1606 Political Science
160602 Citizenship
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword Democracy
Collaborative planning
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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