JAPA Call for Papers: Special Issue on 50 Years since Arnstein’s Ladder

JAPA Call for Papers: Special Issue on 50 Years since Arnstein’s Ladder

Abstracts due: May 15, 2018

Arnstein’s “A Ladder of Citizen Participation” was first published in JAPA in 1969.  It remains one of the most influential publications in both planning practice and research.  In it Arnstein depicted the failings of typical participation processes at the time and characterized aspirations toward engagement that have now been elevated over time to core values in planning practice. But since that time, the political, economic, and social context has evolved greatly and planners, organizers, and residents have been involved in planning and community development practice in a manner previously unforeseen. We seek articles that draw insights from and for contemporary practice; articles for which Arnstein’s ladder, and innovations thereof, serve as a central frame; articles that offer insights for tailored approaches that engage underrepresented groups, articles that offer insights on what constitutes “citizen control” in a contemporary context and planners’ roles in supporting it; and innovative articles, like Arnstein’s, that offer a critical perspective on both Arnstein’s ladder and contemporary engagement practice. This special issue hopes to bridge theory and practice in public participation and collaboration. Manuscripts co-authored by academics and practitioners are especially encouraged.  Instructions: Interested authors should submit an abstract to the guest editors: Mickey Lauria (mlauria@clemson.edu) and Carissa Slotterback (schiv005@umn.edu) by May 15, 2018. These should not exceed 1,000 words. Please include the phrase JAPA Arnstein’s Ladder Abstract in the subject line. Following their review, a subset of authors will be invited by June 15, 2018, to submit full papers before November 1, 2018, subject to the customary JAPA double-blind peer review. Final, revised papers will be due by April 15, 2019. Professors Lauria and Slotterback will also be attending APA in New Orleans for those interested in discussing potential manuscript topics or serving as reviewers and collaborators for this special issue.