Planning Theory: An Examination of the Linkages between Implementation, Knowledge and Action.

by Nicelma J. King

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Many theorists regard planning theory as an analysis of the relationship of knowledge to action, but a view from the poor and minority strata of this society suggests that planning theory is an analysis of the relationship of knowledge to inaction, particularly with regard to the deteriorating conditions in inner cities. The proposed models of societal guidance and change may describe existing conditions, but they describe them inadequately. The three basic conceptual problems that are not addressed in the literature by these models are (1) failure to provide theories that are both rigorous and relevant to the urban experience and the means for their implementation; (2) an incomplete analysis of the urban political and economic milieu; and (3) the confused role of the planner in this setting. This paper attempts to explain these problems as a first step in the future development of a more workable urban planning theory. 20 pp.

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