Rationality and Power
In Scott Campbell and Susan S. Fainstein, eds., Readings in Planning Theory, 3rd edition, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 318-329, 1998
13 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013 Last revised: 8 Nov 2013
Date Written: January 1, 2003
The Aalborg Project may be interpreted as a metaphor of modern politics, modern administration and planning, and of modernity itself. The basic idea of the project was comprehensive, coherent, and innovative, and it was based on rational and democratic argument. During implementation, however, when idea met reality, the play of Machiavellian princes, Nietzschean will to power, and Foucauldian rationality-as-rationalization resulted in the fragmentation of the project.
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