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2008 AM - Dr. Mandla S.V. Gantsho Cities as growth Poles Implications for rural development
No regional development concept or theory has received greater attention among economists, regional planners, governments and development agencies than growth pole theory. The growth pole concept originated from British Economist, Sir William Petty (1623-1687), who was fascinated by the high growth in London during the 17th century and conjectured that strong urban economies are the backbone and motor of the wealth of nations.