Local democracy in Indian and South African cities: A comparative literature review

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dc.contributor.author Benit Gbaffou, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T12:39:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T12:39:44Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Stéphanie Tawa Lama Rewal. Local democracy in Indian and South African cities: A comparative literature review. Draft version of chapter published in Hofmeyer I, Williams M (eds), 2011. South Africa & India : shaping the global South. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, pp. 174-194. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/12152
dc.description.abstract The local level has become since the 1990s an important arena of development of democracy in most countries of the world – in a move sometimes described as part of “the third wave of democratization” (Huntington 1992), encouraged both by progressive movements seeking a form of grassroots democracy, and by the World Bank as a new form of governance. India and South Africa are no exception, and both countries have implemented reforms of local government in the mid 1990s, with the objective of broadening and deepening democracy. This chapter aims at comparing the political and academic debates that took place in South Africa and India concerning decentralization, and more broadly local democracy, in an urban context1. We believe, with Hantrais, that “the definition and understanding of concepts and the relationship between concepts and contexts are of critical concern in comparative research that crosses national, societal, cultural and linguistic boundaries” (Hantrais 2009: 72). Through a literature review and a contextualization of local democracy’s history, institutions, and practices, this joint chapter aims at identifying the commonalities and differences in the political and social stakes contained in the debates on “local democracy”. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Wits University Press, Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.subject Local democracy. Indian and South African cities. Development of democracy. en_ZA
dc.title Local democracy in Indian and South African cities: A comparative literature review en_ZA
dc.type Book chapter en_ZA


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