11.411
The Political Economy of Planning

This course introduces students to key planning ideas and practices that shape the political economy of planning: the way that planning interventions generate distributional effects that create winners and losers across different spatial and temporal scales. The course highlights ways in which planning interventions seek to order society and shape spaces, as well as the ways these efforts have been contested and resisted. This course takes a global and comparative perspective, surveying planning ideas and experiences across diverse contexts. Course participants will develop analytic tools to understand the broad field of planning theory and the asymmetries of power that these imply in planning practice. Planning is a complex and multifaceted set of endeavors, and as such the course is interdisciplinary, drawing from planning theory and history as well as sociology, political science, geography, history and the design disciplines.