Theoretical Frameworks

  • Donald OkekeEmail author
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The world system is theorized as an imperial instrument that retains Africa in dependent capitalism. Its operationalization perhaps explains the stagnation in the development of urban (structure) theory and the dynamics in the development of regional development theory. The review of regional development theories from 1930s shows that regional theories sought for the economic bases of integration. Thus, the theories synchronized with the ethos of the world system vis-à-vis market economy. However, the need for spatial integration persists and is perhaps responsible for the cyclical evolution found in urban planning theory, from classic in the 1960s to rational in the 1970s to neoliberal in the 1980s–1990s and then to neoclassical since 2000. Simultaneously, tendencies of recourse to spatial models of regional integration are gaining momentum.


World system Market economy Core-periphery Inequality Dependency theory Productivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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