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A Reader in Planning Theory by Andreas Faludi (Eds.)

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Of course, sociologists can also give "technical assistance" in territorial planning. Their technical role in this field, however, is in turn largely determined by the scope and content of planning policies, and indeed by the interpretation of the concept of planning itself. ) By and large sociological considerations in planning are, therefore, synonymous with studies of value judgements, and studies for the purpose of developing and applying criteria of appraisal. S T U D I E S FOR T H E PURPOSE OF E V A L U A T I O N Types of Study Such studies would have to be continuous—a series rather than a single enterprise—and they would have to have several branches.

MERTON, ROBERT K . , "The role of applied social science in the formation of policy", Philosophy of Science, Vol. XVI, No. 3 (July 1949), pp. 161-81. 19. MEYERSON, MARTIN, "Utopian tradition and the planning of cities," Dcedalus, Vol. XC, No. 1 (Winter 1961), pp. 180-93. 20. MEYERSON, MARTIN and EDWARD C. , 1955. 21. MYRDAL, GUNNAR, Value in Social Theory, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1958. 22. REINER, THOMAS Α . , The Place of the Ideal Community in Urban Planning, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1962 (in press).

Nor does it mean that most of them have a burning desire to do such work. But it is undoubtedly an essential part of their professional responsibilities to make the attempt ; and it is unlikely that it will be carried on in a systematic fashion without them. Of course, sociologists can also give "technical assistance" in territorial planning. Their technical role in this field, however, is in turn largely determined by the scope and content of planning policies, and indeed by the interpretation of the concept of planning itself.

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