|M.Sc Student||Shulamith Gertel-Groome|
|Subject||Ethics for Planners Amidst Political Conflict|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Alterman Rachelle|
The connection between planning and moral philosophy and its implications for relating theory to practice is a subject of intense academic discussion. Ultimately the debate rests with a diversity of opinions as to what is the moral way to plan. In lieu of a solution that theorists and Practitioners might agree upon, efforts are directed toward defining professional ethics that can serve to guide the free-thinking planner in terms of his/her own values.
This research, in assuming that context shapes the attitudes and professional role choice and conduct of practitioners, concentrates on the moral issues Israeli planners face amidst an atmosphere of political turbulence or uncertainty. Discovery of how they contend with these and whether or not they do so in terms of a particular Israeli planning ethic, can contribute to Israeli planner awareness of salient dilemmas expressly related to their jobs and serve to guide them in their consequent actions.
The primary conclusion reached here is that the mechanism connecting moral values with professional practice ceases to apply where national policy issues pertaining to security and foreign affairs are concerned. Furthermore, Israeli planners appear to operate under the presumption that this type of issue is outside the realm of their professional expertise and are not particularly distressed about the lack of input they have regarding decision-making in this area. It is conjectured that where public consensus as to these matters is absent, planners’ ‘let’s not get involved’ attitude may not be optimal in respect of efficient and effective planning.
Development of an Israeli code of professional conduct specifically designed to foster guidelines for practice within the framework of the Israeli setting for planning and compatible to Israeli planning character is recommended.