Rationality and Power: Democracy in Practice

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Dewi Yuliani


The power issue is rarely talked about in planning, and the influence of power toward the
outcome of planning is even less discussed openly. However, it is that focal point that Flyvbjerg is trying
to convey in this book, which could eventually bring us to question the most fundamental aspect of our
current democratic world: rationality. This book is about policy making in Aalborg, a small city in the northern part of Denmark, where related parties
try to reach an agreement on how they want to renovate and develop the downtown part of the city,
which is called the Aalborg Project. The focus of this book is the dynamic relationship between
rationality and power, which is given in empirical depth and attention to detail narratives.


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