Development Planning in the Sultanate of Oman

Author: Choudhury, Masudul Alam and Hossain, Mohammad Shahadat
This book represents an innovative socio-scientific methodology of the study and application of relational epistemology as the field of unity of knowledge to an applied domain of academia and practice – socioeconomic development planning. The Sultanate of Oman, an oil-rich country by the Arabian Gulf, is taken as a case-study using the lens of relational epistemology to analyze the country’s development plans and to quantitatively examine and develop policy recommendations while studying the prevailing ones. The approach of the book overarches interdisciplinary domains of philosophy of science, systems dynamics, mathematical modeling and quantitative analysis. This book should interest a cross-section of informed readers. Most important among these will be scholars of many vintages of interests and practitioners in development planning.


“This is not a book for the faint of heart or bereft of intellect. It is a challenging book, both in its questions and assertions, and in its structure and presentation. It will appeal to those who appreciate the complexity of the issues and the imperative that we confront them, hopefully understand them, and address them in ways which will help, not hinder, the practitioners of socioeconomic development.” – Dr. H. John Harker, LL.D., President and Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword
Figures; Tables

Part One
1. Introduction
2. Relational Epistemology and the Scientific Problem
3. The Understanding of Development and Development Planning in Contrasting Paradigms
4. Development Theory in a Relational World-System
5. Economic, Financial and Social Measures in the Light of Relational Epistemology
6. A Spatio-Computational Model of Relational Epistemology Applied to Development Planning

Part Two
7. Examining Linkages and Diversification in the Development Plans of the Sultanate of Oman
8. Quantitative Model Estimation and Policy Analysis
9. Conclusion

Part Three
Statistical Appendix I: Quantitative Results I
Statistical Appendix II: Graphical Display
Technical Appendix III: Further Concepts and Results in Spatial Domain Analysis
Subject Index