11.701 Introduction to Planning and Institutional Processes in Developing Countries, Fall 2005
Introduction to Planning and Institutional Processes in Developing Countries
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This introductory course is structured to cultivate the key sensibilities necessary for effective planning practice in newly industrializing countries. The word "sensibility" refers to an awareness of key developmental issues, interdependent causalities, and anticipated as well as unanticipated consequences of social action which mark most planning efforts. In cultivating such sensibilities, this course will use examples from varying institutional settings, ranging from the local to the international levels, and probe how the particularities of each setting call for an awareness of particular institutional opportunities and constraints that planners need to account for when devising planning strategies.
developing-country governments, international organizations, NGOs, economies of scale, diseconomies of scale, international development planning, externality, historical advances in developing and developing countries, interaction between planners and institutions, decentralization, provision of low-cost housing, new-town development, progress, anti-planning arguments, state-centered planning, social control, bureaucracies, good governance, market institutions, collective action, decision making, political savvy, legal sensibility