The professional practice as well as the academic discipline of planning has been fundamentally re-invented all over the world in recent decades. In this astonishing transition, the thinking and scholarship of Patsy Healey appears as a constantly recurring influence and inspiration around the globe. The purpose of this book is to present, discuss and celebrate Healey’s seminal contributions to the development of the theory and practice of spatial planning. The volume contains a selection of 13 less readily available, but nevertheless, key texts by Healey, which have been selected to represent the trajectory of Patsy’s work across the several decades of her research career. 12 original chapters by a wide range of invited contributors take the ideas in the reprinted papers as points of departure for their own work, tracing out their continuing relevance for contemporary and future directions in planning scholarship. In doing so, these chapters tease out the themes and interests in Healey’s work which are still highly relevant to the planning project. The title - Connections - symbolises relationality, possibly the most outstanding element linking Patsy’s ideas. The book showcases the wide international influence of Patsy’s work and celebrates the whole trajectory of work to show how many of her ideas on for instance the role of theory in planning, processes of change, networking as a mode of governance, how ideas spread, and ways of thinking planning democratically were ahead of their time and are still of importance.
’This is a beautifully curated book on the work and influence of Patsy Healey. The selections from her prolific archive, and the essays from distinguished planning theorists, compellingly make the case for urban planning in a neoliberal and elite world, but planning of a distinctive sort: dialogical, collaborative, and democratic. A marvellous and important book.’ Ash Amin, Cambridge, UK and author of Arts of the Political (with Nigel Thrift) ’This is so much more than a collection of Patsy Healey's work. The editorial essays and careful selection of papers draw out threads of connection across her work, and the commissioned responses show its continuing relevance. Topics such as property development and institutionalism get renewed attention. The result is a major contribution to the field of study that Patsy played such a central role in shaping.’ Yvonne Rydin, University College London, UK