Analysis of Current Reality (Principles and Practice)

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


In a comprehensive investigation of paradigm shift in planning, the categories of MCA, perception analysis and SWOT analysis were mobilized to analyse the data generated from planning studies. The functional flow of analysis involved six operations, which investigated compliance to the participatory paradigm of planning. The analyses, which were conducted at national and planning initiative levels, confirmed the incidence of compliance to neo-liberal participatory planning principles but failed to confirm the delivery of integration in planning practice. Regardless of the influence of neo-liberal planning paradigm , there are clear indications of the resilience of formal planning principles . Given the scenario analysis of planning, changes in the meta-theoretical, theoretical and practical context of planning are recommended for planning in Africa.


MCA SWOT Own assessment Tlokwe Matlosana Rustenburg 


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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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