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Following the Second World War, modern systems of urban and regional planning were established in Britain and most other developed countries. In this book, Nigel Taylor describes the changes in planning thought which have taken place since then. He outlines the main theories of planning, from the traditional view of urban planning as an exercise in physical design, to the systems and rational process views of planning of the 1960s; from Marxist accounts of the role of planning in capitalist society in the 1970s, to theories about planning implementation, and more recent views of planning as a form of `communicative action'.

Introduction
Introduction

This book describes the history of town planning theory since the end of the Second World War (1945). Over this fifty-year period ideas about town planning have changed significantly. Yet students of town planning lack a book which describes, in an accessible way, the recent development of ideas which have informed their discipline. This book aims to fulfil that purpose.

As part of their town planning studies, students usually take some course in ‘planning theory’. But as I know from my own experience of teaching this subject, students find the subject difficult. Part of this difficulty may be due to the intrinsic nature of the subject-matter, which deals with ideas and arguments rather than the accumulation and transmission of facts about planning. But the difficulties ...

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