What Planners Do

Power, Politics, and Persuasion

By Charles Hoch

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Originally published in 1995 — e-book version released in 2013.

What do planners do? To find out, Charles Hoch interviewed 29 practicing planners and observed how they interacted with staff, citizens, and public officials. In What Planners Do, he tells their stories.

The most effective planners have more than just technical skills. They also possess political and organizational savvy. You'll learn how planners employ the arts of resistance, innovation, and persuasion while working in the trenches of local government; how they respond to the moral and political conflicts that pervade their profession; and how they balance individual autonomy and social responsibility.

Written in an accessible style, this book is must reading for all those intrigued by what planners do.

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Oct. 1, 2013
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APA Planners Press

Table of Contents

1. Planning and professional authority in a liberal society

2. The quest for institutional authority

3. The rational protocol and political conflict

4. Research and rationality

5. Making plans

6. Planning regulation

7. Negotiation and the bottom line

8. Organizing for change

9. Racism and planning

10. Research on effective planning

11. Planning deliberation and politics

12. Professional authority: Craft, character, and community