A conceptual analysis of the role of human action theory in Sub-Saharan Africa urban land use planning

Gyau, KAB, Hammond, F, Booth, C, Lamond, J, Proverbs, DG and Bloch, R 2011, 'A conceptual analysis of the role of human action theory in Sub-Saharan Africa urban land use planning' , Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies, 1 (2) , pp. 147-165.

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Abstract

Urban land use planning literature is rife with research based evidence on the exceptional failings of institutional urban land use planning in sub-Saharan Africa. These failings reflect weaknesses of the conceptual foundations of sub-Saharan Africa urban land use planning systems. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the treatise that seeks to establish a conceptual understanding of the weaknesses of planning regimes in the sub-region. It has been revealed that the failings of urban land use planning are predictable and explainable from the viewpoint of human action theory. Thus for planning policies in the sub-continent to achieve the desired aim, they require incentives for developers and/or property owners. That is: (a) awareness and conception of the relevance of planning policies by developers and/or property owners, (b) positive difference between their valuation of planning policies and the resources needed to meet requirements of the policies, and (c) availability of resources among others. The paper concludes that unless prospective land use plans are explicitly framed with human action theory as its primary conceptual foundations, they are unlikely to produce the desired outcomes, irrespective of the stringency of their enforcement mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
ISSN: 2153-6813
Depositing User: KAB Gyau
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 14:59
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 15:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50665

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