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Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners
Carol Barrett offers planners a way to recognize the ethical conflicts that arise, analyze them, and apply relevant sections of the AICP Code of Ethics.
Published by APA Planners Press, 2002
Format: Paperback, 246 pp.
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This book is on the suggested reading list for planners preparing to take the AICP exam.
As veteran planner Carol Barrett points out, the most troublesome conflicts for planners aren't between good and bad, they're between competing good, neither of which can be fully achieved. The 54 real-world scenarios described here typify the tough moral dilemmas that confront today's practioners.
Barrett offers planners a way to recognize the ethical conflicts that arise in everyday practice, analyze them using "practical moral reasoning," apply relevant sections of the AICP Code of Ethics and the APA/AICP Ethical Principles in Planning (both of which are included in full), and decide on the best course of action.
She tells a series of stories — each one a sticky situation that could confront a typical planner. Barrett points out the ethical issues, identifies possible alternatives, and cities relevant sections of the AICP Code. Finally she discusses the pros and cons of each alternative. Five particularly complex scenarios are especially intended for group discussion.
Individuals studying for the AICP exam will find this book indispensable. But it also should be required reading for every planner who struggles to act ethically and planning student who wants to understand how professionals define and serve the public interest. Planning agencies, private consulting firms, and planning commissions can use its realistic scenarios to jump start group discussions and workshops on ethical planning.