Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Levy, Brian en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Salie, Saarah en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-18T12:56:07Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-18T12:56:07Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Salie, S. 2016. Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20441
dc.description.abstract Co-government arrangements are a necessary evil that provides political parties with an opportunity to take office, exercise power and share the spoils of power. My dissertation examines the reforms and principles that are most useful in co-government arrangements, which are characterised by unstable, complex and sometimes predatory political environments, to ensure that governance and developmental gains can be achieved. Using case studies of the co-government arrangements in three local municipalities, all based in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and led by an array of small opposition parties, I make two arguments. Firstly, senior public officials can act as a countervailing platform to achieve governance gains by implementing a range of reforms and principles. The most pertinent of these being to make concessions in coalition arrangements that have a kingmaker and by implementing a functional political-administrative interface to protect the integrity of the powers and functions delegated to both arms of the municipality. Secondly, political principals with mixed interests can effectively cooperate to find joint gains. Some of these reforms and principles require that forums be put in place to encourage effective communication to expedite decision making that enable governance gains, while the coalition agreement should have comprehensive terms to guide the rules of engagement of the parties in the co-government arrangement. Coalition led governments at a municipal level can thrive if coalition partners communicate effectively, act in goodwill towards a common goal and uphold credible commitments to serve with integrity. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Development Policy and Practice en_ZA
dc.title Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Salie, S. (2016). <i>Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20441 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Salie, Saarah. <i>"Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20441 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Salie S. Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, 2016 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20441 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Salie, Saarah AB - Co-government arrangements are a necessary evil that provides political parties with an opportunity to take office, exercise power and share the spoils of power. My dissertation examines the reforms and principles that are most useful in co-government arrangements, which are characterised by unstable, complex and sometimes predatory political environments, to ensure that governance and developmental gains can be achieved. Using case studies of the co-government arrangements in three local municipalities, all based in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and led by an array of small opposition parties, I make two arguments. Firstly, senior public officials can act as a countervailing platform to achieve governance gains by implementing a range of reforms and principles. The most pertinent of these being to make concessions in coalition arrangements that have a kingmaker and by implementing a functional political-administrative interface to protect the integrity of the powers and functions delegated to both arms of the municipality. Secondly, political principals with mixed interests can effectively cooperate to find joint gains. Some of these reforms and principles require that forums be put in place to encourage effective communication to expedite decision making that enable governance gains, while the coalition agreement should have comprehensive terms to guide the rules of engagement of the parties in the co-government arrangement. Coalition led governments at a municipal level can thrive if coalition partners communicate effectively, act in goodwill towards a common goal and uphold credible commitments to serve with integrity. DA - 2016 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2016 T1 - Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa TI - Islands of effectiveness in co-government arrangements : the case of three coalition-led municipalities in South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20441 ER - en_ZA


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