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date: 17 October 2019

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This article explores important motivations for urban planning, focusing on legitimation, the concept of public interest, and the communicative (collaborative) mode of planning. It offers a brief account of planning as uncertainty reduction, and discusses the contemporary planning debate on the public interest and related themes. The article identifies extensive dialogue as communicative planning theory's solution to the problem of public interest and highlights the role of planning in helping to legitimize political decisions.

Keywords: urban planning, legitimation, public interest, uncertainty reduction, communicative planning, political decisions

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