Critical Readings in Planning Theory - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080246819, 9781483146546

Critical Readings in Planning Theory

1st Edition

Urban and Regional Planning Series

Editors: Chris Paris
eBook ISBN: 9781483146546
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1982
Page Count: 336
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Urban and Regional Planning Series, Volume 27: Critical Readings in Planning Theory presents a critical perspective on urban and regional planning. This book provides an understanding of various theoretical perspectives on planning.

Organized into five parts encompassing 19 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the economic and social theory of planning. This text then examines the procedural planning theory, which deals with the making and implementing of plans. Other chapters consider the introduction of the systems approach to planning. This book discusses as well the theoretical respecification of the nature of town planning as it has developed under capitalism. The final chapter deals with the ideology of planning that is consistent with the view that town planning can be objectively useful.

This book is a valuable resource for students of planning who want to understand planning as it is. Urban planners and engineers will also find this book useful.

Table of Contents


Part One: A Critique of Pure Planning


The Procedural Planning Theory of A. Faludi

Towards a Combined Paradigm of Planning Theory?

A Rejoinder

Part Two: Planners as Urban Managers


Urban Managerialism Reconsidered

Physical Planning and Market Forces in Urban Development

Planning, Landownership and the State

The Inner City: Planned Crisis or Crisis of Planning?

Part Three: Capitalist Urbanization and the State: Marxist Critiques


The Oppression of Progress

Urban Planning: the Contradictions of Capitalist Urbanization

New Debates in Urban Planning: the Impact of Marxist Theory within the United States

Local Government as Local State

Part Four: Alternatives and Contradictions


The Underlying Assumptions of Advocacy Planning: Pluralism and Reform

Reflections on Community Planning

A Task of Government

Part Five: The Future


Towards an Understanding of Crisis and Transition: Planning in an Era of Limits

The Future of Planning (Theory?)

Notes on Further Reading

Name Index

Subject Index

Other Titles in the Series


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