Document Type


Publication Date



This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "Regional Planning: Omaha in the International Context," by Peter E. Pflaum.

Attitudes, methods, and results of local and regional planning as practiced in Omaha versus Great Britain are discussed in this paper. The article was stimulated by comparisons that were obvious to the author after recently spending three months in England. The principal factors involved in the Omaha-England comparison arc: (1) the organizational and administrative structure of the planning process, (2) the attitudes in the public and private domain towards planning, and (3) the relative costs and benefits of planning.

While the American experience is to question the efficiency and capability of institutions of government to deliver on promises, the British to a large extent assume honesty and minimum efficiency in their civil service. The differences in preconceptions about the nature of collective action have affected the planning process.