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Rationality and Power
Author: Bent Flyvberg

ISBN: 9780226254517
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 17 December 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6
Description:
"It's like the story of Little Town," an influential actor says in "Rationality and Power" when choosing a metaphor to describe how he manipulated rationality to gain power, "The bell ringer . . . has to set the church clock. So he calls the telephone exchange and asks what time it is, and the telephone operator looks out the window towards the church clock and says, 'It's five o'clock.' 'Good, ' says the bell ringer, 'then my clock is correct.'"
In the Enlightenment tradition, rationality is considered well-defined, independent of context; we know what rationality is, and its meaning is constant across time and space. Bent Flyvbjerg shows that rationality is context-dependent and that the crucial context is determined by decision-makers' power. Power blurs the dividing line between rationality and rationalization. The result is a rationality that is often as imaginary as the time in Little Town, yet with very real social and environmental consequences.
Flyvbjerg takes us behind the scenes to uncover the real politics--and real rationality--of policy-making, administration, and planning in an internationally acclaimed pro...

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