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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'.

Rational Planning and Implementation
Rational planning and implementation

In Chapter 6 we saw how, in the 1970s, a ‘second wave’ of criticisms of postwar planning theory emerged, directed this time mainly against the rational process view of planning, or ‘procedural planning theory’. There were two main criticisms in this second wave, and one of these was covered in Chapter 6, namely, the criticism that procedural planning theory was ‘contentless’ or ‘empty’ because it was not based on the empirical study of actual planning practice and therefore said nothing about it.

The second criticism of post-war planning theory introduced briefly in Chapter 6 was that, in some way, the rational planning model distracted attention away from the crucial question of how plans and policies were implemented, if they ...

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