ERIC Number: ED151451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Planning Urban Services: A Bibliography on New Directions.
Armstrong, Philip A.
The theme of this bibliography on urban services is that planning has entered a distinct new phase. It is distinguished primarily by the unusual role that technically acquired information is assuming in the political process. Another characteristic of the new phase is the tendency to rely upon the most advanced knowledge of human behavior for decision making at all levels of government. Technical decisions are resolved more and more frequently by general techniques rather than by experience. The change is irreversible because the answers from the new technology can be implacable and can stand independently of private motive. From the enormous literature of the social sciences that postulate and evaluate theories of behavior, microeconomic theory has emerged as the most widely used theoretical framework to examine the behavior of individuals and organizations. The readings in this bibliography present a sample of some advanced information available in two areas: (1) the adoption of new policies and methods by policy making organizations, and (2) sources of fundamental information from the social sciences and applications of that information to the planning of urban services. Most, but not all, entries in this bibliography are annotated. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.