Table of contents for Rural services, the settlement system, and development of the regional economy in Ghana.


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CHAPTER2: INTRODUCTION                                                                  8
Rural infrastructure, location theories, and decentralized rural development-rural infrastructure and
settlement systems-definitions of hard, soft, and institutional infrastructures-relationship between hard,
soft, and institutional infrastructure-rural infrastructural services and settlement systems-spatialfea-
tures of development-the scope of the study-field survey and data base.
CHAPTER 3: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK:
THE CENTRAL PLACE THEORY                                               21
Definitions of basic concepts-the process of emergence and growth of a central place-the formulation
of central place theory-the relevance of central place theory to current analysis.
CHAPTER 4: REVIEW OF SERVICE PROVISION AND
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GHANA                                          32
Introduction- disparities in availability of and access to, services-disparities by the regions of Ghana-
disparities by the districts of Ghana-past and present policies of regional development in Ghana-na-
tional physical framework- regional decentralisation-integrated rural/regional development and na-
tional policy on growth poles-measures of decentralization in Ghana-the national development plan-
ning system-conclusions.
CHAPTER 5:PROVISION AND USE OF RURAL SOCIAL AND
ECONOMIC SERVICES IN THE STUDY AREAS                                   50
Current thinking on development planning in Ghana-Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana, and decentralized
rural development-rural infrastructural services-the distribution of rural infrastructural services-the
hierarchy of rural social and economic services-the entry thresholds of rural social and economic
services-the ranking of services and the centrality of settlements-broad patterns of rural service provi-
sion-the travel patterns and categorization -of settlements-the hierarchy of service centres-the func-
tional characteristics of service centres-the functional characteristics of services-the pattern of inci-
dence ofservices-the incidence of service provision in sub-regions of majorservice centres-the implica-
tions of ratio values for district development planning-relationship between hard, soft, and institutional
infrastructures-the regional context of service provision-central place theory, and planning for provi-
sion of rural services in Ghana.
CHAPTER 6:REVIEW OF PERIODIC MARKETS AND
RURAL MARKETING SYSTEMS IN GHANA                                        77
Periodic markets in West Africa- people and periodic markets- periodic markets as central places-the
hierarchies of periodic markets-the organization of periodic markets-the regional distribution of peri-
odic markets in Ghana-rural households and daily and periodic markets-what governs locations of
periodic markets?-how can the periodicity be explained?-consumers, traders, administrators, and pe-
riodic markets-amenities and services in wholesale and periodic markets-roads, transport facilities,
and agricultural production-conclusions.
CHAPTER 7: RURAL MARKETS AND RURAL MARKETING
SYSTEMS IN THE STUDY AREAS                                              89
locations of rural markets-day of market meetings-service population of rural markets-traders in rural
markets-rural markets, and rural service centres-use of services provided by the service centres and
rural markets-the mechanics of providing mobile services at the rural markets.
CHAPTER 8: CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS                                         100
practical policy implications for the district assemblies-decentralized rural development-spatial or-
ganizational features of rural service and rural marketing systems-planning for rural service system-
planning for rural marketing system-conducting collaborative policy research with district assemblies-
training and capacity-strengthening of district assemblies-empowerment of the core planning teams-
generation, and dissemination, of relevant policy information-theoretical, and empirical, implications
of the study-facilitating development of the regional economy-poverty reduction- empowerment of women-
generalising the results for replication elsewhere.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Infrastructure (Economics) Ghana, Ghana Rural conditions, Rural development Ghana