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  • Subject index

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'.

Planning Theory after the New Right
Planning theory after the new right
Introduction

In Chapter 6 I described how, in the 1960s, it was openly acknowledged that town planning is a political activity, and hence that the value judgements embodied in plans and planning decisions should be opened up to political debate, including the participation of the public. However, at that time, hardly anyone questioned the desirability of town planning as such – that is, hardly anyone questioned the system of town planning which had been established after the Second World War, even though this system embodied a particular political view of the role of the state, and state planning, in relation to the capitalist market system. That political view, the political position of post-war ‘social democracy’, ...

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