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The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory

Edited By Michael Gunder, Ali Madanipour, Vanessa Watson Copyright 2018
    374 Pages
    by Routledge

    374 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory presents key contemporary themes in planning theory through the views of some of the most innovative thinkers in planning. They introduce and explore their own specialized areas of planning theory, to conceptualize their contemporary positions and to speculate how these positions are likely to evolve and change as new challenges emerge.

    In a changing and often unpredictable globalized world, planning theory is core to understanding how planning and its practices both function and evolve. As illustrated in this book, planning and its many roles have changed profoundly over the recent decades; so have the theories, both critical and explanatory, about its practices, values and knowledges. In the context of these changes, and to contribute to the development of planning research, this handbook identifies and introduces the cutting edge, and the new emerging trajectories, of contemporary planning theory. The aim is to provide the reader with key insights into not just contemporary planning thought, but potential future directions of both planning theory and planning as a whole. This book is written for an international readership, and includes planning theories that address, or have emerged from, both the global North and parts of the world beyond.


    Planning Theory: An Introduction

    Michael Gunder, Ali Madanipour, Vanessa Watson


    Part I: Contemporary Planning Practices

    Spatial Planning: The Promised Land or Rolled-Out Neoliberalism?

    Simin Davoudi

    Strategic Planning: Ontological and Epistemological Challenges

    Louis Albrechts

    Growth Management Theory: From the Garden City to Smart Growth

    Jill L. Grant

    Planning in the Anthropocene

    William E. Rees


    Part II: How Meaning/Values are Constructed in Planning

    The Public Interest

    Stefano Moroni

    Rethinking Scholarship on Planning Ethics

    Tanja Winkler

    Communicative Planning

    Tore Sager

    Neoliberal Planning

    Guy Baeten

    Neo Pragmatist Planning Theory

    Charles Hoch

    Urban Planning and Social Justice

    Susan S. Fainstein

    The Grassroots of Planning: Poor People's Movements, Political Society, and the Question of Rights

    Ananya Roy

    The Dilemmas of Diversity: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Planning Theory

    Suzanne Speak and Ashok Kumar

    Postcolonial Consequences and New Meanings

    Libby Porter

    Postpolitics and Planning

    Jonathan Metzger

    ‘Cultural Work’ And the Remaking of Planning’s ‘Apparatus of Truth’

    Andy Inch

    Countering ‘The Dark Side’ of Planning: Power, Governmentality, Counter-Conduct

    Margo Huxley

    Co- Evolutionary Planning Theory: Evolutionary Governance Theory and Its Relatives

    Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Martijn Duineveld


    Part III: Networks, Flows, Relationships and Institutions

    Flexibly Networked, Yet Institutionally Grounded: The Governance of Planning

    Raine Mäntysalo and Pia Bäcklund

    New Institutionalism and Planning Theory

    André Sorensen

    Conflict and Agonism

    John Pløger

    Insurgent Practices and Decolonization of Future(s)

    Faranak Miraftab

    State Hegemonic Planning and the Marginalization and Oppression of People

    Yosef Jabareen

    Actor-Network Theory

    Yvonne Rydin

    Spatial Planning and the Complexity of Turbulent, Open Environments: About Purposeful Interventions in a World of Non-Linear Change

    Gert de Roo

    Assemblage Thinking in Planning Theory

    Joris Van Wezemael

    Lines of Becoming

    Jean Hillier


    Michael Gunder FNZPI is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, New Zealand. From 2011–2015, he was Managing Editor of Planning Theory and remains an editor. His research draws on poststructuralism to analyse the ideological dimensions of built environment public policies and related narratives.

    Ali Madanipour is Professor of Urban Design and a founding member of the Global Urban Research Unit at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK. His four-volume edited collection, Planning Theory, was published in 2015 in Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Built Environment series.

    Vanessa Watson is Professor of Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, holding a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a University Fellow. She is a founder and on the Board of the African Centre for Cities at UCT.