Win a copy of The failure of decentralisation in South African local government: complexity and unanticipated consequences (by Andrew Siddle and Thomas Koelble)

Authors Andrew Siddle (left) and Thomas Koelble
Authors Andrew Siddle and Thomas Koelble examine the design of the local government framework and its contributing role in the municipal 'crisis'. It identifies 12 'dimensions of decentralisation' and studies the extent to which these dimensions are incorporated in the South African local government framework.
Through empirical research conducted at 37 municipalities across the country, this study finds that municipalities are frequently incapable of meeting the demands imposed upon them by a highly complex model of local government. This complexity, coupled with the absence of essential conditions for success and the presence of a number of threats which are commonly identified in decentralised systems, leads to the failure of policy and the erosion of sound local governance.
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.

Koelble is Professor of Business Administration in Political Science at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. He has written several books and many journal articles on institutions and social democracy.

Siddle has a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town, and is an expert in the fields of public and corporate governance and decentralisation. He has been admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and has extensive experience in local government law, finance and administration.

Publisher: UCT Press
Cost: R350

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