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Author Njoh, Ambe J., author.

Title Planning in contemporary Africa : the state, town planning and society in Cameroon / Ambe J. Njoh
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
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Series King's SOAS studies in development geography
King's SOAS studies in development geography.
Contents Theories of the State and the State in Cameroon -- Conceptualizing the State -- The Nature and Behaviour of the State in Africa -- Characteristics of the African State -- The Cameroonian State -- Institutional Framework for Planning -- Colonial Public Administration -- Post-Colonial Public Administration -- Bureaucracy Without Democracy -- Urban Spatial Policy -- The Ministry of Town Planning and Housing -- The Ministry of Urban Affairs -- The Ministry of Transport -- Regulatory Agencies -- Delivery Agencies -- Funding Institutions -- Formal Lending and Credit Agencies/Programmes -- Informal Institutions -- Colonial Roots of Land Use and Physical Planning -- Land Tenure and Land Use -- Pre-Colonial Period -- Land Tenure and the Transfer of Land Rights in Nso -- Early European Expeditions and the Land Question -- The German Colonial Era -- The French Colonial Era -- The British Colonial Era -- Housing Standards and Building Materials -- Colonialism, Housing and Building Technology -- Spatial Organization -- Transportation Infrastructure Development -- Urban Land Use and Control Measures -- The Nature of Post-Colonial Land Policy -- Some Specific Provisions of Post-Colonial Land Laws -- The Powers of the State in the Land Policy Field -- Private Lands -- National Lands -- Land as a Source of Revenue for the State -- Implications of Land Reforms for Different Societal Entities -- Housing and Housing Policy -- The Concept of Housing -- The Housing Market in Economic Perspectives
Summary Why do authorities in post-colonial African states continue to employ European or Western planning models? What are the implications for different societal groups of adopting such models? Several decades following independence, this outstanding volume provides in-depth empirical research to uncover the answers to such questions. The book focuses in particular on Cameroon, the only African country to have been colonized by three different European powers: Germany, Britain and France. It discusses the nature of the state in peripheral capitalist countries and sets current planning and land use policies in their historical, colonial and post-colonial contexts. The author then proceeds to examine key planning issues such as housing, land ownership, sustainable development, environmental and waste management, transportation, infrastructure and gender. In addition to analyzing the impact of colonialism and imperialism on the built environment in Cameroon in particular and sub-Saharan Africa in general, the book also addresses global issues about urbanism and will be particularly relevant to those interested in planning, regional studies and development, and development geography
Notes First published 2003 by Ashgate Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Vendor-supplied metadata
Subject City planning -- Cameroon
Housing policy -- Cameroon
Land use, Urban -- Cameroon
Municipal services -- Cameroon
Urban policy -- Cameroon
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315246708