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Licentiate thesis, 2014

Communicating visions for urban development

Norlin, Måns


This thesis studies the topic of policy making in the context of producing a comprehensive plan. The thesis uses the case of a municipality in Sweden. Contributing to the understanding of how governance processes can be performed, this thesis studies policy making in a collaborative situation. A form of micro-study is used to scrutinize in detail the dialogues between participants. The thesis applies Membership Categorization Analysis and Conversation Analysis to uncover the participants' accomplishments. The approaches reveal a variety of ways the participants perform planning, how visions and strategies are implemented in practice and how participants can reach agreement on planning issues. The study provides planning research with further understanding of the situatedness and epistemology of policy making, and it brings to light the variety of ways participants in policy making can enter and inform discussions, thereby enhancing the level of democracy in governance processes.


Collaborative planning; Governance; Planning theory; Planning practice; Situated planning; Epistemology; Micro-study; Membership categorization analysis; Conversation analysis; Politics; Participation; Urban planning; Visions; Strategy; Planning; Urban environment; Public space; Communication

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ISBN: 978-91-576-9207-8
Publisher: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Authors' information

Norlin, Måns
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Globalization Studies
Communication Studies
Public Administration Studies
Landscape Architecture

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