Planning theory is currently in a confused state as a consequence of a number of changes over the last ten years in planning practice and social and economic theory. Even prior to these events, planning theory was an uncertain discipline, reflecting planning's precarious position between and resting upon a range of professional subject areas and philosophical roots. Planning Futures is an attempt to pin down the constantly evolving landscape of planning theory and to chart a path through this fast changing field.
Planning Futures is an up-to-date reader on planning theory, but adds something more to the subject area than a mere textbook. The contributors have attempted to bridge theory and practice while putting forward new theoretical ideas. By drawing upon examples from planning practice and case study scenarios, the authors ensure that the work discusses planning theory within the context of present planning practice. Case studies are drawn from an international arena, from the UK, Europe, South Africa and Australia.
Introduction. 1. The Post-Positivist Landscape of Planning Theory. Part One: Planning Thoughts and Perspectives. 2. Collaborative Planning: From Theoretical Foundations to Practice Forms. 3. Planning and Foucault: In Search of the Dark Side of Planning Theory. Part Two: Planning Praxis and Interfaces. 4. Personal Dynamics, Distinctive Frames and Communicative Planning. 5. Values and Professional Identities in Planning Practice. 6. Direct Action and Agonism in Democratic Planning Processes. 7. Governmentality, Gender, Planning: A Foucaudian Perspective. Part Three: Planning Movements and Trajectories. 8. A Pragmatic Attitude to Planning. 9. Planning and the Postmodern Turn. 10. A Hayekian Liberal Critique of Collaborative Planning. Conclusions. 11. Communicative Planning, Collaborative Planning and the Post-Positivist Planning Theory Landscape. References.