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Failure of Decentralisation in South African Local Government - Elex Academic Bookstore

Failure of Decentralisation in South African Local Government

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The Auditor General has just issued a damning report on the financial state of affairs in municipalities across South Africa. Protests against service delivery failure have become commonplace in this country and constitute perhaps the most serious challenge this young democracy has yet faced. So just what is the problem?'


The aim of this book is to promote an understanding of the difficulties that confront local government in South Africa and the causes of its failure. It does not presume to provide the answers to the crisis; instead, it encourages debate by posing a number of questions about the future design for local government and suggests that a far simpler model which imposes less complex demands needs to be considered.


‘..perhaps the most thorough and systematic study of local government in South Africa to date. It is an original and important book’

Professor Philip Oxhorn, Professor of Political Science, McGill University

‘...far and away the best study available of a major problem with democratic decentralisation – the dangers that attend overloading elected local councils in developing countries with technocratic tasks. South Africa is THE classic example of this problem, and this text is THE classic study of that case.’

James Manor, Emeka Anyaoku, Professor of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London


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