ABSTRACT

Do planners consider ethical/moral arguments? When and how is ethical/moral reasoning used for evaluation in planning? Do planners feel responsible towards those people who will be affected by their actions? In what way do planners include moral responsibility in the decision process and its outcomes? What is ethical and moral in environmental evaluation (short-term vs. long-term benefits and/or costs) and is a planner allowed to consider long term benefits more relevant than short term costs? What about local vs. global dimensions in terms of behavioural rules and principles? Is choosing among evaluation methodologies and instruments an ethical and moral issue? How do planners use ethical and moral and/or technical evaluation: separately, parallel, shifting from one to another, consciously, recognizing the power associated to the one or the other?