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March 23, 2016 | Author: | Posted in ethnic and area studies, social sciences

Ethics and Planning

The news today reported again the outcry of American citizens against the wire-tapping policies of President George W . Bush , which allow for the random recording of personal phone calls for the purpose of infiltrating terrorist organizations in the U .S . A common defense for this is that it is a necesary operation put in place in the service of the common good . Such a policy requires a substantially high ethical standard in both the professional , personal and procedural aspect However the lack of open communication and blatant assault on [banner_entry_middle]

privacy suggests that neither the convept of rights nor personal liberty is being upheld by whatever code of ethics to which the Bush administration subscribes

This situation begs the question , what ethical approach should be taken in a decision with such obvious implications to rights and liberty , and to what extent should human rights and personal liberties be considered for the sake of the common good ? This essay compares and contrasts three different models to ethics , each with their own implications for the concepts mentioned , The AICP code of ethics , and two articles : Just Planning : The Art of Situated Ethical Judgement , by Heather Campbell and City of Fear or Open City ? By John Friedmann . Each offers their own approach to ethical decision making on the part of planners , as well as addressing the conflict between the protection of the greatest good and the preservation of rights and liberty

The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are divided into three sections : The first combines the use of personal , and procedural ethics to guide decision making so that planners are able to uphold the primary obligation of serving the public interest , so that the rights of individuals are considered , but also with respect to the locality as a whole (AICP , 2005 ) Through a strong emphasis on professional ethics , it also details the planners responsibilities to act on behalf of their clients and employers , and to adhere to their decisions concerning the planners service , insomuch as it is legal and consistent with their obligation to act in the interest of the public . The AICP ‘s emphasis on the planners obligation to the planning profession also reflects a necessity for a strong sense of professional ethics . The second section integrates professional and procedural ethics in the application of the rules of conduct to which planners , in the event the rules are violated are held accountable by way of a misconduct charge or loss of certification (AICP , 1

Procedural ethics are evident in the code ‘s rules governing the proper means and conditions by which one should engage in communications with participants , as well as what manner of communication is considered ethical versus unethical . Procedural ethics are equally adopted in the third section of the code when it explains the appropriate procedures on the part of the planner , the person filing the charge , and the ethics officer in the event that a planner is faced with a charge of misconduct . Though personal… [banner_entry_footer]

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