• Donald OkekeEmail author
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


The resilience of the epistemological foundations of imperialism is diagnosed to be the problem with urban productivity in Africa. Planning responses fail to address this malaise because planning scholarship barely extends beyond the consideration of the science of planning. The meta-theory of planning, which engages the influence of development ideologies on planning, is seldom considered. This omission disenfranchises planning in the chessboard of political economy. At the moment, planning in neoliberal dispensation is delivering dependency in which spatial systems in Africa function as imperial instruments. An extended definition of terms is given in anticipation of the launch of the new planning theory.


Imperialism Epistemology Resilience Formal planning Neoliberal planning Productivity Informalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.African Settlements Research Group, Department of Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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