ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Planning Imploded

Under Gamal Abdel Nasser, national planning in Egypt aimed at the control of natural resources, and correction of the chronic uneven spatial distribution of habitations. The basic orientation was and has been consistently towards the establishment of new rural and urban settlements on non-arable lands. This paper presents the main features of the system of physical planning and the concomitant institutional set-ups that guided the establishment of such settlements under Nasser. The paper examines different reasons for the failure of national planning in spite of its socialist-welfare underpinnings.

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