Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783609642 Published November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609635 Published November 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Building a Capable State

Service Delivery in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Ian Palmer, Susan Parnell, and Nishendra Moodley

Building a Capable State

Ian Palmer, Susan Parnell, and Nishendra Moodley

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320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783609642 Published November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609635 Published November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
With the signing of  new sustainable development goals in 2016, marking a new phase of global development focused on ecologically and fiscally sustainable human settlements, few countries offer a better testing ground than post-Apartheid South Africa. Since the coming to power of the African National Congress, the country has undergone a revolution in policy, driven by an urgent need to improve access to services for the country’s black majority. Twenty years after the end of Apartheid, Building a CapableState asks what lessons can be learned from the South African experience.
 
The book assesses whether the South African government has succeeded in improving key services, focusing on the vital sectors of water and sanitation, energy, roads, and public transport. Emphasizing the often-overlooked role of local government institutions, Building a CapableState demonstrates that effective service delivery can have a profound effect on the social structure of emerging economies, and must form an integral part of any future development strategy. Employing a detailed, country-focused case study, this book will be essential reading for practitioners of public policy and researchers across the social sciences.
 
Contents
List of figures
List of tables
Abbreviations
Preface
1 What is the ‘capable’ state?
2 Twenty years: local government in transition
3 Institutions
4 Improving capability through regulation and support
5 Municipal organizational capability
6 Financing municipal services
7 Water and sanitation
8 Electricity
9 Roads and public transport
10 Housing
11 Is South Africa a capable state?
Appendix A: comparative country profiles
Appendix B: economic factors
Notes
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Foreign Affairs
“Lucid and detailed. . . . .The book depicts an impressive level of pragmatism, dedication, and vision among the decision-makers who achieved this progress.”
Julio D. Dávila, University College London
“This brilliantly researched book holds lessons for the many countries dealing with rapid urbanization and growing demands for basic infrastructure in cities.”
Stephen Essex, Plymouth University
“A landmark critical review drawing on a rich evidence base from both academic and practitioner perspectives. Its insights and analytical framework have relevance for other countries and cities facing the challenges of the ‘new urban’ agenda.”
William Cobbett, director, Cities Alliance
“The authors present a rich, comprehensive but sober analysis of progress achieved by the South African public sector in the two decades after apartheid. Their view from the local level is particularly relevant, as South Africa is one of the few African countries with empowered sub-national government.”
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