The Upliftment of South African Local Government?
Local Government Studies
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Taylor & Francis
University of Cape Town
Theoretically, South Africa has one of the most advanced systems of local government in the world with its powers and functions being constitutionally entrenched. Two different conceptual models of local government were used to assess how autonomous this local government system is in practice. The autonomous model views local government system as a clearly separated sphere of government, while the integrational model sees greater functional interdependence between the various spheres of government. The article concludes that there are different views of decentralisation within the state. On the other hand there are local government reform measures by the state to position itself within the global economy that reflects a more integrational view of local government. On the other hand there are elements of the autonomous model such as attempts to empower local government through the promotion of local democracy.
Cameron, R. (2001). The Upliftment of South African Local Government?. Local Government Studies, 27(3), 97-118.