This survey, a subjective critical review of ‘planning theory’ as it evolved since the mid- 20th century, has three parts. The first is a condensed account of the emergence of three distinct schools of thought: the radical-communicative, post-structuralist, and institutionalist streams. In the second part each stream is represented reviewing a typical book: Friedmann’s (2011) Insurgencies, Gunder and Hillier’s (2009) Planning in Ten Words or Less, and Webster and Lai’s (2003) Property Rights, Planning and Markets. The last part argues the author’s position - there is no ‘planning’, only diverse planning practices - and develops its implications for planning theory and practice.
Keywords: Planning theory; communicative planning; post-structuralist planning.