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Governing Cities in Africa: Politics and Policies

Governing Cities in Africa: Politics and Policies (Paperback)

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Studies of government and politics in Africa are dominated by a focus on the national and are typically set apart by anglophone, francophone and lusophone historical influences, with South Africa as an exception. This volume departs from a different set of questions and employs a novel approach in discussing them: cities in sub-Saharan Africa provide the pivot around which issues of policy and practice, planning and service delivery turn, at different scales and both from the top down as well as from the bottom up. Party politics, for example, is discussed at city level and urban security both within a state and a non-state context. The novelty of the approach is found in thematic rather than single-city chapters written by multiple authors each of whom displays depth knowledge of one of three or more cities treated in each case. This volume will interest scholars of African and of urban studies as well as urban policy-makers and practitioners.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentComparative politicsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentRegional governmentRegional government policiesHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAfrican historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsUrban communities Publisher: HSRC Press Publication Date: 30/04/2013 ISBN-13: 9780796924162  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Simon Bekker is Emeritus Professor in Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He acted as Professor of Development Studies at Rhodes University, Professor of Sociology at UNISA and Director of the Centre for Social and Development Studies at the (then) University of Natal (Durban). Laurent Fourchard is currently senior researcher for the National Foundation of Political Science at the Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire, University of Bordeaux, France. He is co-editor of the journal Politique africaine.

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