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Markets, Politics and the Environment

An Introduction to Planning Theory, 1st Edition

By Barry Goodchild


282 pages

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Markets, Politics and the Environment answers three groups of question:

  • What is planning?’ and as part of this ‘What are its key features as a style of social practice and action?’ and ‘How does planning as a style of social practice relate to social and economic change?
  • How, as part of the justification for planning, might claims of valid technical knowledge be constructed? What is meant by ‘rational’? What is the contribution of pragmatism as a supplement or replacement to rationalism? How might rationality and pragmatism be adapted to postmodernism and the requirements of diversity?
  • Finally, how may concepts of planning be reoriented towards sustainable development as a collective duty? How might sustainable development be reworked in relation to planning as a means of managing and stimulating change?

Each group of question is discussed in a separate chapter and is associated with different theories, debates and examples of practice. Markets, Politics and the Environment concludes that the full implications of sustainable development and climate change point in the direction of a different type of state- a green state whose future functioning can draw on planning theory but at present can only be conceived as a sketchy outline.


"[A] required reading reference for planning theory courses, and a well-informed contribution to the much-needed debate on the nature and role of planning theory, which may be useful to help challenge neo-liberal ways of thinking the urban scene. For these reasons, this noteworthy contribution to the study of planning theory should be commended not only to academics but also to all those individuals looking for deeper insights into the notion of planning and on the theory of urban and regional planning."

Carlos Nunes Silva, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal,International Journal of E-Planning Research, Volume 7 • Issue 1 • January-March 2018

Table of Contents


Section A: Introduction

Chapter 1: Interpretations of urban planning

Section B: Definitions, styles and forms

Chapter 2: Planning and urban spaces

Chapter 3: Political and economic planning

Chapter 4: Styles and forms of planning

Section C: Applying ‘reason’ to politics

Chapter 5: Rationalism and pragmatism

Chapter 6: Evaluation and translation

Chapter 7: Difference, diversity and dissent

Section D: Environmental risks, urban transitions:

Chapter 8: Managing risks and 'bads'

Chapter 9: Transition management

Chapter 10: Sustainable urbanism

About the Author

Barry Goodchild is Professor of Housing and Urban Planning at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Over a long career, he has secured the publication of five books and 39 articles in refereed journals, and has worked for research clients in England, Scotland and France, including the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

The Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of planning and beyond. The series publishes international research covering spatial planning, regional planning, planning history, planning theory, communities, impact assessment, transport, sustainability and urban design. Building on Routledge’s history of academic rigor and cutting edge research, the series will contribute to the rapidly expanding literature in all areas of planning and urban design. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning