Planning theory is diffuse concept, which includes several types of theories. In a well-known book on planning theory, the author lists different categories of theories. The category called normative theories includes statement on how the life-world should be. The author distinguishes between six different categories. The result of this broad perspective on theory is that the concept of planning theory stretches over what in social science context is defined within the concept of theory.
The diffuse meaning of the concept of planning theory is rooted in the equally vague meaning of the concept of planning. What it is meant by planning is often undefined and the very meaning is formed by the object of the study. Historically the concept aimed the process leading to the conception of a plan (or master plan). Later on much interest was directed to the proper process, but not necessary with the intention to end in the conception of a plan. The concept of planning became therefor overlapping other discipline as decision theory, political science, national economy, etc. Therefore, the aim of this introduction in planning theory is to propose an analysis of the constituent of the concepts of planning and planning theory.
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