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Advanced Introduction to Planning Theory

Robert A. Beauregard, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, US
In this original approach to the world of planning theory, Robert A. Beauregard cuts across the many different ways to think about planning by organizing them around four core tasks: knowing, engaging, prescribing, and executing. In doing so, Beauregard explores how a basic concern with the relationship between knowledge and action has evolved into a complex discussion of democracy, inclusion, and justice.

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Publication Date: April 2020
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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

In this original approach to the world of planning theory, Robert A. Beauregard cuts across the many different ways to think about planning by organizing them around four core tasks: knowing, engaging, prescribing, and executing. In doing so, Beauregard explores how a basic concern with the relationship between knowledge and action has evolved into a complex discussion of democracy, inclusion, and justice.

Key features include:

• a cross-national approach to the topic
• a unique overview of key concepts centred on the profession of urban and regional planning
• coverage of historical planning theory as well as recent developments in the field
• an accessible writing style suitable for both those studying urban and regional planning, as well as practicing planners.
‘Beauregard offers a a lucid primer touring the conceptual terrain of planning theory for newcomers. He sticks to the main roads of controversy with only the occasional detour. Beauregard keeps the intellectual journey relevant and lively. Takeaway: Ideas matter for the conduct of professional practice if we learn to use them.’
– Charles Hoch, University of Illinois at Chicago, US

‘In a masterful synthesis, sweeping in scope and comprehensive in coverage, Beauregard holds a mirror up to planning and planners with a penetrating overview of planning theory as the moral and intellectual conscience of the field. The book is required reading for students, practitioners, and theorists grappling with what it means to be a planner.'
– Robert W. Lake, Rutgers University, US
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Knowing 3. Engaging 4. Prescribing 5. Executing 6. Conclusion References Index