Using a neo-Marxian perspective, Benno Engels examines the absence of urban planning in nineteenth-century England. In his analysis of urbanization in England, Engels considers the influences of property owners, inheritance laws, local government structures, fiscal crises of the local and central state, shifts in voter sentiments, fluctuating economic conditions, and class-based pressure group activity.
Benno Engels is senior lecturer in urban and regional planning at RMIT University.
Chapter 1: The Forestalling of Urban Planning Reforms in Nineteenth Century England
Chapter 2: Historiography, Neo-Marxist Theory and Investigating Nineteenth Century England
Chapter 3: Industrialization and Early Nineteenth Century English Towns: The Case for Public Policy Intervention
Chapter 4: Landed Property, English Land Law and the Nineteenth Century Urban Property Market
Chapter 5: Local Government Politics and Urban Improvement Prior to 1835
Chapter 6: Middle Class Political Activism at the Local State Level after the 1835 Municipal Corporations Act
Chapter 7: The Central State, Parliamentary Politics and the Protection of Property
Chapter 8: Working Class Activism and the Agitation for Town Improvements
Chapter 9: Economic and Political Restructuring of England: Phase 1 – 1873 to 1895.
Chapter 10: The Edwardian Political Turn and the Emergence of Urban Planning Reform: Phase 2 – 1896 to 1914.
Chapter 11: The Poverty of Urban Planning in Nineteenth Century England: Conclusions