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Title:Rural Urban Inequalities and Resource Allocation in Zambia
Author:Rothchild, Donald S.
Periodical:Journal of Commonwealth Political Studies
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:standard of living
rural development
rural-urban disparity
Urbanization and Migration
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Abstract:The problem of rural-urban inequality is exceptionally pronounced in Zambia. With respect to income and occupation patterns as well as past expenditures on amenities and social services, something akin to a class distinction exists between the modern industrial and commercial sector and the hinterland. The Kaunda government pursued a 'reorganisation' model of change, designed to secure an equalisation of rural and urban services and more equal incomes. This approach has been challenged by the 'consolidation' model, which urged a concentration upon existing centres of strength. Actual expenditure patterns, however, have made manifest the fact that re-allocative equity is considerably more of a promise than a reality. Whether the Zambian leadership will be able to follow the heavily compromised middle course implied in the reorganisation model remains an open question. Notes.