Book Description: The second edition of this very successful volume examines the current state of planning theory and the new directions it has taken in recent years.Examines the current state of planning theory and the new directions it has taken in recent years. Draws on a wide range of authors who address planning history, arguments for and against planning, competing planning styles, planning ethics, the public interest, and considerations of race and gender. Theoretical perspectives include political economy, postmodernism, communicative rationality, and feminism. Readings new to this edition examine themes emerging in planning theory, including a critique of the modernist roots of centralized planning, a reemphasis on space in planning, and a discussion of the difficulty of sustainable development. Features new case studies of planning success and failure in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Contains thirteen wholly new readings.