1st Edition

Colonial Planning A Comparative Study

By Barbu Niculescu Copyright 1958

    Colonial Planning (1958) breaks new ground in its study of colonial development plans on a comparative basis. It starts with a summary of the statistical data for the 70 odd territories studied, including territorial incomes, capital accumulation, origin and size of planning finances and metropolitan contributions, both within and outside the plans. This section also discusses the validity and comparability of the data. The author then selects, with the help of the many contributions to the study of the problems of economic growth, those problems which seem especially relevant to administrative planning. After an outline of the historical developments which have led to the widespread acceptance of colonial planning in its then-current forms, he analyses the various types of planning machinery established both in the metropolitan centres and in the territories, traces their connections and attempts a classification of their organisational problems. Finally, he analyses and classifies the plans themselves, giving special attention to attempts at solving the problems of priorities. This work is based on administrative documents, and especially on the various colonial development plans put forward since the war: colonial development planning so far has been mainly an administrative exercise and its problems, methods, scope and aims can be best understood if studies within an administrative context.

    Part 1. Introduction  1. A General Survey of Colonial Development Plans  Part 2. Background to Planning  2. Obstacles to the Economic Development of the Colonial Territories  3. Obstacles to Economic Planning in the Colonies  4. Policies for Development  Part 3. An Historical Outline  5. The Growth of the Idea of Development Planning for Colonial Territories  Part 4. Planning Machineries  6. The Metropolitan Governments’ Planning Machineries  7. The Territorial Governments’ Planning Machineries I: A Case Study – Kenya  8. The Territorial Governments’ Planning Machineries II: A Collection of Data  9. The Territorial Governments’ Planning Machineries III: Planning Bodies  10. The Territorial Governments’ Planning Machineries IV: Implementation of the Plan  11. The Territorial Governments’ Planning Machineries V: Revising Bodies  Part 5. Analysis of the Plans  12. Planning Periods, Resources and Priorities  13. The Metropolitan Governments and the Problem of Priority Allocation  14. The Territorial Governments and the Problem of Priority Allocation  15. Some Individual Priorities  Part 6. Conclusions  16. Conclusions


    Barbu Niculescu