Key Concepts in Planning forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Planning provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in Planning. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes: An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions and evolutions of the subject; Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading

Key Concepts in Planning is an ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Planning and covers the expected staples of the sub-discipline in an accessible style. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, Key Concepts in Planning is an essential addition to any geography student's library.

Plan and Planning

Plan and planning

Related terms: strategy; vision; organisation; policy; forecasting; procedural theory; complexity


When considering the key concepts involved in planning practice we start with the term planning or plan. Including this as a concept here does, however, run the risk of writing a book within a book but also avoids the opposing danger of overlooking this metaconcept. In Peter Hall's words, including this chapter may amount to a ‘total superfluity’ in that everything in the book should be in this chapter or under this heading! Despite this warning we have included a consideration of ‘planning’ that sets out what we mean by the term and how planners and others have pursued land use planning and more recent efforts to develop a ‘spatial planning’ ...

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