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Planning in the Face of Crisis: Land Use, Housing and Mass Immigration in Israel

By: Rachelle Alterman

224 pages, 25 b&w illustrations

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Paperback | Feb 2002 | #172586 | ISBN: 0415273846
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Hardback | Dec 2002 | #172587 | ISBN: 0415273838
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About this book

Critics of urban and regional planning argue that it is best suited to manage small, incremental change. Can a planner's skills and expertise be effective in handling a major crisis and large-scale change? The mass immigration from the former Soviet Union to Israel in the 1990s offers the opportunity to study one of the largest-scale (non-disaster) crisis situations in a democratic, advanced-economy country. This book recounts the fascinating saga of how policymakers and planners at both the national and local levels responded to the formidable demand for housing and massive urban growth. Planners forged new housing and land-use policies, and applied a streamlined (but controversial) planning law. The outputs were impressive. The outcomes and impacts changed the landscape and human-scape of Israel, heightening dilemmas of land use and urban policy in this high-density country. Grounded in theoretical analysis of planning and crisis, this case study provides new insights that counter current thinking: planners are by no means irrelevant in managing crises, but they should be prepared for changed professional roles and for ethical dilemmas. Smart planners could learn how to harness the opportunities provided by crises to upgrade the function of planning. The conclusions offer challenges for planning theory. Recounts the fascinating saga of how policymakers and planners at both the national and local levels responded to the formidable demand for housing and massive urban growth.


Contents

Part I: Theories about Planning During Crises. Part II: Land Policy, Housing, and Planning on the Eve of the Crisis. Part III: Phases and Modes of Policy Response to the Crisis. Part IV: The Local Government Perspective. Part V: Planning in the Face of Crisis.

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