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Democracy and Delivery: Urban Policy in South Africa tells the story of urban policy and its formulation in South Africa. As such, it provides an important resource for present and future urban policy processes.

In a series of essays written by leading academics and practitioners, Democracy and Delivery documents and assesses the formulation, evolution and implementation of urban policy in South African during the first ten years of democracy in rigorous detail.

The contributors describe the creation of democratic local governments from the time of the 1976 Soweto uprising and the intense township struggles of the 1980s, the construction of 'developmental' planning and financial frameworks, and the delivery of housing and services by the new democratic order. They examine the policy formulation processes and what underlay these, debate the role of research and the influence of international development agencies and assess successes and failures in policy implementation. Looking to the future, the contributors make suggestions based on experience with implementation and changing political priorities. 

Academics, students, policy-makers and government officials, as well as an informed public, will find this book an enlightening read.

Product information

Format : 168mm x 240mm
Pages : 344
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2156-3
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2156-7
Publish Year : 2006
Rights : World Rights
List of tables and figures
Preface
List of changes to place names and/or boundaries
Abbreviations and acronyms


1: Introduction
Udesh Pillay, Richard Tomlinson and Jacques du Toit

Urban and urbanisation
2: Urbanisation and the future urban agenda in South Africa
Doreen Atkinson and Lochner Marais

3: Urban spatial policy
Alison Todes

One city, one tax base
4: Local government boundary reorganisation
Robert Cameron

5: Reflections on the design of a post-apartheid system of (urban) local government
Mirjam van Donk and Edgar Pieterse

6: Local government in South Africa's larger cities
Alan Mabin

7: The development of policy on the financing of municipalities
Philip van Ryneveld

Developmental local government
8: Integrated development plans and Third Way politics
Philip Harrison

9: The evolution of local economic development in South Africa
Etienne Nel and Lynelle John

10: Tourism policy, local economic development and South African cities
Christian M. Rogerson

Housing and services delivery programmes
11: Reaching the poor? An analysis of the influences on the evolution of South Africa's housing programme
Sarah Charlton and Caroline Kihato

12: Free basic services: The evolution and impact of free basic water policy in South Africa
Tim Mosdell

13: Conclusion
Udesh Pillay and Richard Tomlinson

Contributors
Index

Dr Udesh Pillay is the Executive Director of the Urban, Rural and Economic Development Research Programme at the HSRC

Prof Richard Tomlinson was a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of the Witwatersrand at the time of this publication

Mr Jacques L. du Toit is a lecturer in the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Pretoria

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