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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'.

Theory About the Effects of Planning
Theory about the effects of planning

The theory of planning as a rational process of decision-making and action, coupled with the systems view of planning, continued to dominate planning theory into the 1970s. By the 1970s the rational process view of planning was seen as coming under the more general heading of ‘procedural planning theory’ (i.e. theory about the process of planning). As noted in Chapter 4, because procedural planning theory was, literally, theory of planning itself, Andreas Faludi (1973b) claimed that planning theory was synonymous with procedural planning theory. The title of Faludi's book – Planning Theory – had the same definitive finality about it as Keeble's Principles and Practice of Town and Country Planning twenty years before. There ...

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