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Title:Evolving local economic development policy and practice in South Africa with special reference to smaller urban centres
Authors:Nel, EtienneISNI
Rogerson, Christian M.ISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:urban development
economic inequality
small towns
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-007-9003-8
Abstract:Local economic development (LED) in South Africa has grown in significance since the 1994 democratic transition. This paper examines the evolution of LED policy from 1995 to 2006 with special reference to the country's smaller urban centres. A 2006 survey into LED in South Africa's smaller centres showed that LED is unevenly developed and operationalized across the South African urban system - South African policy over the last 11 years has tended to favour the big centres, leaving the smaller ones in a precarious position -, and a major divide exists as a group between the largest, most well-resourced and capacitated municipalities and the smaller urban centres in terms of policy development, institutionalization of LED and applied practice. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]