Incongruities Between the Theory and Perception of Regional Development in Less Developed Countries: Toward Bridging the Gap

  • Hooshang Amirahmadi
Part of the Urban Innovation Abroad book series (UIA)


Planning education for less developed countries suffers from several interrelated problems, of which three are particularly significant. First, despite recent advances, most less developed countries still lack adequate educational resources, including universities, graduate programs, faculty, research facilities, and professional organizations, to educate and train their own planners. A number of publications have examined aspects of such inadequacies, particularly in regional development curricula and have advanced remedial proposals (Friedmann, 1967 and 1973; Dunham and Hilhorst, 1970 and 1971; Perloff, 1971; Kuklinski, 1971; Celestin, 1972; United Nations, 1972; Dix, 1980a). Fundamental to such inadequacies in less developed countries is the allocation of relatively small budgets to higher education in general, compared with defense spending, for example, and to the field of planning in particular (Amirahmadi, 1987a). Research on this aspect of the problem with planning education in less developed countries remains largely underdeveloped.


Develop Country Regional Development Regional Planning Experiential Knowledge Regional Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hooshang Amirahmadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityUSA

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