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When the content of an end is fully elaborated, it may appear that its active elements cannot be attained without sacrifice of certain contextual elements. In such a case, if the contextual elements are valued more highly, the end may be rejected altogether (p. 317). So, Friedmann's contention that Banfield's rational planning model treats ends as given (Friedmann, 1973, p . 3) is ill-founded. 3. The design of courses of action: here, Banfield identifies decision with commitment, that is " a n action which obliges the effectuating organization to take certain other acts or which limits its choice of acts in the future by foreclosing certain action possibilities which would otherwise exist" (p.
Indeed, as early as 1929 the mentor of m a n y institutionalists, J o h n Dewey, had rejected central planning, claiming that the attempt to plan social organisation and association without the freest possible way of intelligence contradicts the very idea of social planning. For the latter is an operative method of activity, not a predetermined set of final truths (Dewey, 1929, pp. 431-2; quoted after Hoch, 1984, p. 336). The tensions which this caused were also evident at Chicago. Perloff-himself steeped in the institutionalist tradition-rejected the "fourth power" concept as being neither theoretically sound nor practically feasible (Burns and Friedmann, 1985).
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