Planning is a battleground of ideas and interests, perhaps more visibly and continuously than ever before in the UK. These battles play out nationally and at every level, from cities to the smallest neighbourhoods.
Marshall goes to the root of current planning models and exposes who is acting for what purposes across these battlegrounds. He examines the ideological structuring of planning and the interplay of political forces which act out conflicting interest positions.
This book discusses how structures of planning can be improved and explores how we can generate more effective political engagements in the future.
“Tim Marshall offers ways forward and some guidelines on how to approach a better path of planning that also offers solutions to today’s most burning natural and built environment issues.” Hungarian Geographical Bulletin
"Marshall not only presents a compelling view of key issues in the contemporary planning system, but has outlined key areas of concern for the future. A must-read for students, practitioners and academics alike.” Malcolm Tait, University of Sheffield
"An incisive and critical book spurred by the belief that planning matters enough for us to understand its relationship to politics and ideology properly. It has something to offer all those with a serious interest in planning." Huw Thomas, Cardiff University
“A well-written, timely and insightful book, casting light on the role of politics and ideology in shaping the built and natural environment of the United Kingdom.” Rose Grayston, Create Streets Foundation
Tim Marshall is Emeritus Professor at Oxford Brookes University.
Introducing planning, politics and ideology
Writing on politics and ideology in planning
Ideologies in Britain, with initial linking to planning
Planning history, planning reform and politics and ideology
Planning expertise and planning law: autonomy from politics and ideology?
Ideology and politics in government, central and local
Ideology and politics in professions, lobbying, consultancies and pressure groups
Communication, the media and deliberation
Facets of planning action: heritage, local environment and design
Fields of planning action: housing, economy and infrastructure
Paths to improving the ideological and political dimensions of planning