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dc.contributor.authorIDS
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T19:10:22Z
dc.date.available2016-04-19T19:10:22Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.identifier1657
dc.identifier.citationIDS Bulletin 34(3): 79-96
dc.identifier.issn0265-5012
dc.identifier.other1657_Decentralisations_in_Practice_in_Souther.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/66255
dc.description.abstractDifferent forms of decentralisation are occurring in parallel, often in ways that cause confusion, ambiguity, high transaction costs and conflict, in southern Africa. Case studies in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe show how political authorities with downward accountability to electorates co-exist and sometimes conflict with decentralised service delivery (through line ministries, NGOs or donor projects). Multiple decentralisations have also brought conflicts between new local government authorities and "traditional" authorities - often further complicated by party-related affiliations. Rather than relying on idealised notions of decentralisation, the case studies suggest that efforts should be made to avoid the creation of parallel authority structures. Local government reform must take account of existing social and economic complexity and local power dynamics and not wish them away in the development of new systems of local governance. And, without providing adequate resources, and attempting to build capacity beyond councils, new elected authorities may quickly lose legitimacy, and fail to provide the development benefits they claim.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherBrighton, U.K.: Kensington Press
dc.relation.urihttp://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/bookshop/bulletin/bull343.htm
dc.rightsCopyright 2003 by Institute of Development Studies
dc.subjectSemiarid zones
dc.subjectConflict
dc.subjectTropical zones
dc.subjectGovernment policy
dc.subjectSubtropics
dc.subjectGovernment institutions
dc.subjectGovernment
dc.subjectDecentralization
dc.subjectTransaction costs
dc.subjectDecentralised service delivery
dc.subjectLocal government authorities
dc.subject"Traditional" authorities
dc.subjectGovernance
dc.titleDecentralisations in practice in southern Africaen
dc.typePeriodical
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