The Power of Planning

Spaces of Control and Transformation

  • Oren Yiftachel
  • Jo Little
  • David Hedgcock
  • Ian Alexander

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 67)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Max Barlow, Wolf Tietze
    Pages 1-20
  3. Max Barlow, Wolf Tietze
    Pages 21-31
  4. Max Barlow, Wolf Tietze
    Pages 33-43
  5. Max Barlow, Wolf Tietze
    Pages 91-102
  6. Max Barlow, Wolf Tietze
    Pages 135-153
  7. Max Barlow, Wolf Tietze
    Pages 171-188
  8. Max Barlow, Wolf Tietze
    Pages 189-203
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 205-226

About this book


The book addresses critically the question: "What is the societal impact of urban and regional planning?". It begins with a theoretical discussion and then analyses, through a series of case studies, the intentions, contents, struggles and consequences of urban and regional planning. It shows that plans and policies often defy the commonly perceived role of advancing equality, justice, development and amenity, by causing social problems, marginalisation and inequalities. The book looks at planning from a critical distance, without a priori belief in its necessity or usefulness. The 12 chapters, written by renowned international scholars, demonstrate the multiplicity of social and political struggles over the contested terrain of spatial policies. The book focuses on four key areas where the impact of planning is explored: the community power, gender relations, ethnic tensions, and social polarisation, while comparing three societies: Australia, Israel and England.

Audience: This volume is mainly intended for faculty and students of academia, but also for urban professionals and policy-makers. The book is relevant to fields such as urban and regional planning, geography, political science, urban studies, urban sociology, urban anthropology, ethnic and gender relations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Oren Yiftachel
    • 1
  • Jo Little
    • 2
  • David Hedgcock
    • 3
  • Ian Alexander
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Geography, and Environmental DevelopmentBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of ExeterUK
  3. 3.Department of Urban and Regional PlanningCurtin University of TechnologyPerthAustralia
  4. 4.Department of GeographyUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0533-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0359-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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