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The role of local economic development agencies in South Africa's developmental state ambitions

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-08 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T12:26:33Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T12:26:33Z
dc.date.issued 2018-04-08 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12056
dc.description.abstract South Africa's Local Economic Development Agencies have emerged as appropriate institutional structures for advancing socio-economic development in the local government-led development landscape, due to the inability of local municipalities to lead local economic development. This shift signifies that South Africa is turning to local economic development strategies to address developmental challenges, such as poor socio-economic conditions (unemployment, poverty and inequality), by creating local development solutions and employment opportunities. This article utilises the developmental state theory to examine the role of Local Economic Development Agencies in South Africa's aspirations of becoming a capable developmental state. While the developmental state literature is concerned with the central role of the state in economic development, this article extends the developmental state theory to the subnational level by arguing that the developmental local government is the local developmental state. In addition, the article locates Local Economic Development Agencies within the developmental state paradigm by showing that Local Economic Development Agencies were established as economic development coordinators at the subnational level to assist local government in addressing South Africa's triple challenges. Although the roles and functions of South African Local Economic Development Agencies are aligned to the developmental state ideology, their developmental mandate is undermined by the lack of coordination within local institutions. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT en
dc.title The role of local economic development agencies in South Africa's developmental state ambitions en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume March en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Local Economy en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10324 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9288 en
dc.bibliographictitle Khambule, I. (2018) The role of local economic development agencies in South Africa's developmental state ambitions . <i>Local Economy</i>. March:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Khambule, I. en


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