EconStor >
United Nations University (UNU) >
World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), United Nations University >
WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU) >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title:Is there such a thing as a post-apartheid city? PDF Logo
Authors:Freund, Bill
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,48
Abstract:In an introductory section, this paper considers briefly the achievements and problems of urban governance in post-apartheid South Africa through an assessment of three categories: administrative reform, developmental issues and conflicts over service delivery issues. It then goes on to assess continuity and change in South African cities. Continuity is the norm in understanding urban history with change understood as a series of accretions and as a layering of features, unless major economic shifts or revolutionary political shifts are in place. Using the example of Durban, a series of changes is highlighted, which fit into what the deracialized growth path allows and encourages. The paper argues that thus far, the ANC government has shown little capacity or desire to discipline capital along the lines suggested, for instance, by the reconstruction and development programme's section on public transport. Larger changes are thus limited by the predilections and established discourses of the business world and the absence of more dynamic and structured public intervention.
Subjects:urban studies
South Africa
local government
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
636532461.pdf191.08 kBAdobe PDF
No. of Downloads: Counter Stats
Download bibliographical data as: BibTeX
Share on:

Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.