1st Edition

Foundations of the Planning Enterprise Critical Essays in Planning Theory: Volume 1

By Patsy Healey, Jean Hillier Copyright 2008

    Planning Theory has a history of common debates about ideas and practices and is rooted in a critical concern for the 'improvement' of human and environmental well-being, particularly as pursued through interventions which seek to shape environmental conditions and place qualities.. The first volume in this three volume series, Foundations of the Planning Enterprise, includes articles and papers which offer a unique general introduction to planning theory. The authors review the subject's development, its recurrent themes, its contemporary preoccupation as rational scientific management and its relations to other fields. The editors supplement the collection with an introductory overview as well as detailed introductions to each part. This will be an essential purchase for planning libraries around the world.

    Contents: Introduction; Part I The 'Project' of Planning Theory: Introduction; 2 centuries of planning theory: an overview, John Friedmann; What is planning theory?, Andreas Faludi; If planning is everything maybe it's nothing, Aaron Wildavsky; Dilemmas in a general theory of planning, Horst Rittel and Melvin M. Webber; Comparison of current planning theories: counterparts and contradictions, Barclay M. Hudson, with comments by Thomas D. Galloway and Jerome L. Kaufman; Theoretical debates in planning: towards a coherent dialogue, Patsy Healey, Glenn McDougall and Michael J. Thomas; Towards a new typology of urban planning theories, O. Yiftachel; Without a net: modernist planning and the postmodern abyss, Robert A. Beauregard; New directions in planning theory, Susan S. Fainstein. Part II Inspirational Precursors: Introduction; The town-country magnet, Ebenezer Howard; Civics: as concrete and applied sociology, part II, P. Geddes; The myth of megalopolis, Lewis Mumford; TVA and democratic planning, Philip Selznick; Planning and democracy F.A. Hayek ; The concept of social control: planning as the rational mastery of the irrational, Karl Mannheim. Part III Planning as Rational Scientific Management: Introduction; A choice theory of planning, Paul Davidoff and Thomas A. Reiner; The science of 'muddling through', Charles E. Lindblom; The guidance and control of change: physical planning as the control of complex systems, J.Brian McLoughlin; The rationale of planning theory, Andreas Faludi; Advocacy and pluralism in planning, Paul Davidoff ; Social planning, social planners and planned societies, John W. Dyckman; A ladder of citizen participation, Sherry R. Arnstein; Examining the policy-action relationship, Susan Barrett and Colin Fudge; Foundations, John Friend and Allen Hickling; Re-examining the international diffusion of planning, Stephen V. Ward; Name index.


    Jean Hillier is Associate Dean and Chair of Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Patsy Healey is Emeritus Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

    '...one of the most comprehensive collections about planning theory ever published. The collection offers readers...an easy access to some of the most influential essays on which these discussions are frequently based, putting them in their historical context, not only in the planning field but also on the wider intellectual history of the philosophy of social science...' European Planning Studies