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Normative futures planning for environmental quality.


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Peterson, Marcus Alexander (1982). Normative futures planning for environmental quality. Mémoire. Québec, Université du Québec, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Maîtrise en sciences de l'eau, 219 p.

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The purpose of this dissertation is to introduce and describe a conceptual framework for undertaking normative futures planning toward the end of maintaining or improving the quality of life and the human condition. Given the increasing complexity of societal problems, the development of a global, synthetic, supradisciplinary planning methodology is seen to be a necessary step for future efforts to reverse degradation in the human and material environments of man. Normative futures planning permits the synthesis of contributions from a requisite variety of disciplinary and professional fields, an incorporation of human values associated with aspirations for a desirable future state, and an application of this knowledge to research for a control of the quality of human actions. The introductory section of this paper provides a brief discussion of the nature and causes of complex problems concerning normative futures planning. Presented next is the theory underlying the methodology, systemology and the theory of human action, and its relevance as a foundation for the orientation of societal planning. The various phases comprising the planning framework are then elaborated and an exemplary application of the methodology to the problem of water quality deterioration is provided in general terms. Following this is a discussion of the nature of societal learning and institutional change which may be required to accomodate the implementation of normative, future-anticipative planning methodology. Concluding remarks, treat the possibilities afforded by this type of planning activity for enhancing the quality of the human condition through a profound understanding of systems comprising reality and an articulated quality-control of the many human actions which together shape the collective destiny of mankind. The last section provides explanations of the principal terms and concepts providing access to a rapid comprehension of the text. The Appendix A, an essay reporting the research employed in the development of normative futures planning, is an integral component of this thesis. In this text, all of the various aspects of this methodology introduced in the thesis are presented in much greater detail, and a higher degree of relevance to the particular environmental quality situation in Quebec is sought. An extensive survey of the literature is provided to validate the fundamental premises of the methodology and to stimulate further investigation into an elaboration of its component operations.

Type de document: Thèse Mémoire
Directeur de mémoire/thèse: Sasseville, Jean-Louis
Mots-clés libres: activité humaine; environnement; gestion; normative; planification; stratégie; systémologie; tactique; théorie systémique
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 14 févr. 2014 19:04
Dernière modification: 17 mars 2016 13:01
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/1940

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