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Title:Frontiers of power and prosperity: explaining provincial boundary disputes in postapartheid South Africa
Author:Mavungu, Eddy Mazembo
Year:2016
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:59
Issue:2
Pages:183-208
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:regional disparity
regional government reform
boundary conflicts
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2016.28
Abstract:Territorial reforms in South Africa, undertaken in order to address the legacy of apartheid, have proven to be a contested terrain. This article considers three case studies and argues that in order to understand these territorial disputes, it is important to pay attention to the material conditions of the affected communities, disparities between provinces in terms of resources and governance efficiency, and perceptions that the preferred province is better positioned to serve the interests of the community. The article highlights the role of party political interests and also reflects on the relevance of the South African experience to other African countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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