MASTERING THE POLITICS OF PLANNING --- CRAFTING CREDIBLE PLANS AND POLICIES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE by Guy Benveniste. Jossey-Bass, 1989



PREFACE (pxi-xvii)

    [1] Planning defined (pxi-xiii)

    [2] Intended audience (pxiii-xiv)

    [3] Overview of the contents (pxiv-xvii)

    [4] Acknowledgments (pxvii)

QUOTE by Henry de Saint-Simon: (pxi)

    Our intention is simply to promote and explain a development which is inevitable. Our desire is that people should henceforth do consciously, and with better directed and more useful effort, what they have hitherto done unconsciously, slowly, indecisively, and too ineffectively.

THE AUTHOR --- The author is professor of policy planning in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley. (pxix-xx)

    1) Why planning is so "political" (p1-33)

      [1] Effective planning defined: ( (p1-2))

        1. It is planning that makes a difference!

        2. The results are worthwhile!

        3. There is more to planning than simply producing plans --- since the way in which planning is done matters just as much!

        Planners are a special kind of managers.

      [2] Planners and power (p2-9)

      [3] Toward a logic of effective planning (p9-32)

        (1) Functional assumption (p9-11)

        (2) Organizational power and authority (p11-12)

        (3) Integration (p12-14)

        (4) Consensus building (p15-16)

        (5) Managing uncertainty (16-18)

        (6) A few definitions (p18-19)

        (7) Planning and policy analysis (p19-22)

        (8) Scope of planning (p23-25)

        (9) Process of planning (p25-26)

        (10) Staff versus line functions (p26-27)

        (11) The multiplier effect (p27)

        (12) Methodologies of planning (27-30)

        (13) Active methodologies of planning (p30-32)

      [4] Toward an understanding of effective theories of planning (p32-33)

    2) Responsibilities of an effective planner (p34-55)

    3) Six theories of planning --- myths and realities (p56-86)

    4) Planning to handle uncertainty (p87-109)

    5) Effective planning as organizational learning (p110-129)

    6) How credible plans catch on --- the "multiplier effect" (p130-155)

    7) Building coalitions and networks to support plans (p156-194)

    8) Paying attention to planning logistics (p195-229)

    9) Avoiding derailment --- how to keep plans on course (p230-262)

    10) Toward planning that makes a difference (p263-286)

REFERENCES (p287-307)

INDEX (p309-314)


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