Development Planning in South Africa

Provincial Policy and State Power in the Eastern Cape

John Reynolds

Development Planning in South Africa

John Reynolds

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2018
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991645 Will Publish June 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Why do so many people in South Africa live in severe poverty despite the nation being celebrated as a beacon of democracy and reconciliation? The Eastern Cape Provincial Growth and Development Plan (PGDP) was a groundbreaking project that—with the backing of the United Nations Development Programme—attempted to forge a ten-year plan to eliminate poverty, unemployment, and inequality in the province. Coming at a time when social movements in South Africa were at their most vocal and visible, the PGDP was consciously seized on in the Eastern Cape as a chance to mount a radical policy challenge to the status quo. But it was soon undermined and obstructed by the South African state.

Development Planning in South Africa uses John Reynolds’s firsthand engagement working on the PGDP. Drawing on the strategic-relational approach pioneered by Bob Jessop, Reynolds’s empirically rich study explores the ways in which this challenge was negotiated and eventually neutralized. The first of its kind, Development Planning in South Africa provides an essential microlevel study with profound implications for how we understand how state power is organized and expressed in state policy, both in South Africa and beyond.
Review Quotes
Janet Cherry, Nelson Mandela University
“A fascinating account of the policy process in a developing country. The author’s ‘insider’ perspective gives the analysis a particular originality and depth of understanding. Useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of political economy and development.”
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University
“Reynolds’s compelling policy analysis of the Eastern Cape illustrates how a sophisticated, strategically sensitive approach can explain the limits on state power in challenging the logic and rule of capital in post-apartheid, neoliberal South Africa.”
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