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Title:Cooperative governance in South Africa, with specific reference to the challenges of intergovernmental relations
Author:Edwards, Tryna
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:central-local government relations
Abstract:This paper examines cooperative governance in South Africa in terms of the challenges of intergovernmental relations. It shows that the South African government strives to adhere to the principles of cooperative government and intergovernmental relations, as captured in the 1996 Constitution. The national, provincial and local spheres of government aim to coordinate actions, interactions, relations and legislation with one another, and to adhere to agreed procedures and avoid legal disputes against one another. Although remarkable progress has been made since 1996 in structuring intergovernmental relations, specific shortcomings and capacity challenges need to be overcome. At present, South Africa has a functioning system of intergovernmental relations, but it is mostly dominated by the higher sphere of government based on authority, power and prescriptions. Another constraint is that intergovernmental relations are more concentrated on process than on policy content, service delivery and development. Recommendations to remedy the situation conclude the paper. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]