Democratising Local Government

The South African Experiment


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  • ISBN: 9781919713526
  • Extent: 320 pages
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Local government is at the forefront of development. In South Africa the ambitious policy objectives of post-apartheid reconstruction and development hinge on the successful creation of a democratic tier of government close to the people. An entirely new system of ‘developmental local government’ has thus been introduced.
As is the case in many developing countries, the responsibilities of municipalities in South Africa have been extended dramatically, often without adequate resources. Managing municipalities for development therefore requires political will and strategic intervention.

Section 1: Participatory Local Governance in the making
Participatory Local Governance in the Making: Opportunities, Constraints and Prospects
The Role of Local Government
International Trends in Local Government Transformation
Local Government in the Emerging National Planning Context
Section 2: Origins and Principles of Developmental Local Government
A Developmental Role for Local Government
Developmental Local Government
‘Embedded Autonomy’ and the Challenges of Developmental Local Government
Section 3: Differential Challenges
Addressing Rural Poverty: Restructuring Rural Local Government
Introducing Metropolitan Local Government in South Africa
Infrastructure and Service Delivery in South Africa, 1994–99
Section 4: Policy Perspectives
Local Government and Poverty in South Africa
Integrating Environmental Sustainability Issues into Local Government Planning and Decision-Making Processes
Local Government’s Role in Realising Gender Equality: From Policy to Practice
Social Capital and Local Government
Section 5: Policy Tools
Local Government Finance Reform
The Value of Indicators as a Tool for Local Government
Municipal – Community Partnerships
Capacity-Building for Sustainable Local Governance in South Africa
The Dilemmas of Informality for African Urban Governance
‘My Soul I Can See’: The Limits of Governing African Cities in a Context of Globalisation and Complexity

Democratising Local Government – the South African Experiment will assist officials, politicians and communities who wish to optimise their development ambitions within the new local governance framework. Lessons from the South African experience will be of use in many other countries, especially in Africa, where decentralisation is a major emphasis of development theory and practice.

The book provides a comprehensive introduction to developmental local government. It includes
⦁    the design of the new local government system and the issues posed by decentralisation
⦁    an overview of specific challenges of urban and rural municipalities
⦁    a discussion of special issues facing local government including poverty, gender and environment 
⦁    new tools for local government, including budgeting, indicators, municipal partnerships and capacity building.

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Local government is at the forefront of development. In South Africa the ambitious policy objectives of post-apartheid reconstruction and development hinge on the successful creation of a democratic tier of government close to the people. An entirely new system of ‘developmental local government’ has thus been introduced.
As is the case in many developing countries, the responsibilities of municipalities in South Africa have been extended dramatically, often without adequate resources. Managing municipalities for development therefore requires political will and strategic intervention.

Section 1: Participatory Local Governance in the making
Participatory Local Governance in the Making: Opportunities, Constraints and Prospects
The Role of Local Government
International Trends in Local Government Transformation
Local Government in the Emerging National Planning Context
Section 2: Origins and Principles of Developmental Local Government
A Developmental Role for Local Government
Developmental Local Government
‘Embedded Autonomy’ and the Challenges of Developmental Local Government
Section 3: Differential Challenges
Addressing Rural Poverty: Restructuring Rural Local Government
Introducing Metropolitan Local Government in South Africa
Infrastructure and Service Delivery in South Africa, 1994–99
Section 4: Policy Perspectives
Local Government and Poverty in South Africa
Integrating Environmental Sustainability Issues into Local Government Planning and Decision-Making Processes
Local Government’s Role in Realising Gender Equality: From Policy to Practice
Social Capital and Local Government
Section 5: Policy Tools
Local Government Finance Reform
The Value of Indicators as a Tool for Local Government
Municipal – Community Partnerships
Capacity-Building for Sustainable Local Governance in South Africa
The Dilemmas of Informality for African Urban Governance
‘My Soul I Can See’: The Limits of Governing African Cities in a Context of Globalisation and Complexity

Democratising Local Government – the South African Experiment will assist officials, politicians and communities who wish to optimise their development ambitions within the new local governance framework. Lessons from the South African experience will be of use in many other countries, especially in Africa, where decentralisation is a major emphasis of development theory and practice.

The book provides a comprehensive introduction to developmental local government. It includes
⦁    the design of the new local government system and the issues posed by decentralisation
⦁    an overview of specific challenges of urban and rural municipalities
⦁    a discussion of special issues facing local government including poverty, gender and environment 
⦁    new tools for local government, including budgeting, indicators, municipal partnerships and capacity building.

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