Party politics, civil society and local democracy – Reflections from Johannesburg

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dc.contributor.author Benit Gbaffou, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T10:38:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T10:38:51Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Benit Gbaffou,Claire. 2012. Party politics, civil society and local democracy – Reflections from Johannesburg. Geoforum, Special issue on Party Politics, the Poor and the City, 43(2), pp. 178-189. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/12150
dc.description.abstract Party politics is generally absent from urban governance or urban politics theories or debates, or present only anecdotally or as a ‘black box’, whilst they are more and more described, especially in Cities of the South, as central to urban societies, access to resources and social dynamics. This paper attempts, through the case of the role of the ANC in civil society in Johannesburg, to uncover some of the place of political parties in urban governance. It first argues that the party local branch is often crucial as a platform of mobilization, expression and debates around local needs, being more structured and able to access channels of decision than other civil society organizations or local government participatory structures. However, its strong embededness in urban local societies also means a form of social control restricting the ability of civil society to revolt and challenge urban policies more radically. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Geoforum en_ZA
dc.subject Political parties; urban governance; urban politics; local democracy; accountability; participation; clientelism; ANC; Johannesburg. en_ZA
dc.title Party politics, civil society and local democracy – Reflections from Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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