Scenario planning as communicative action: lessons from participatory exercises conducted for the Scottish livestock industry

DG Duckett, AJ McKee, L-A Sutherland, C Kyle, LA Boden, HK Auty, PR Bessell, IJ McKendrick

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)
21 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Based on Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action, this paper critiques the transparency and legitimacy of participatory scenario planning, considering a case study of scenario development for the livestock industry within Scotland. The paper considers the extent to which the case study approximates the conditions for ‘ideal speech situations’ and how these conditions could be applied more widely in participatory scenario planning. The authors explore the rationale for participatory scenario planning within the science–policy interface with critical reference to the corporate context in which scenario planning has evolved. The aim is to optimise the potential for its use in the context of socio-technical and environmental governance. Researcher co-reflections on the case study are mapped within a matrix of indices representing conditions for ideal speech situations. Further analytical categories highlight the extent to which ideal speech was approximated. Although many of the constraints on achieving ideal speech situations reflect intransigent, practical logistics of organising participatory exercises, our novel approach enables the systematic identification of some important issues and provides a conceptual framework for understanding how they interrelate that may prove useful to practitioners and theorists alike.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138 - 151
Number of pages14
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume144
Early online date11 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 11 Aug 2016

Bibliographical note

1030832

Keywords

  • Communicative action
  • Habermas
  • Ideal speech
  • Participatory scenario planning

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Scenario planning as communicative action: lessons from participatory exercises conducted for the Scottish livestock industry'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this