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Urban power and political agency: reflections on a study of local economic development in Johannesburg and Leeds

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-29 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T18:16:44Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T18:16:44Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2237
dc.description.abstract "Does politics matter?" is an enduring question in urban studies. This paper contributes to the debate by exploring the agency of city leaders in local economic development policy in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Leeds (UK). In place of the conventional (though valid) focus on structural constraint under neoliberalism, we show how decisions by leaders ostensibly committed to social inclusion contributed to outcomes aggravating social exclusion. Whatever structural constraints pertain, the failures of local economic development must be attributed, in part, to decisions made and actions taken in response to acknowledged policy dilemmas. An agency-centred perspective poses important questions about the potential for city government to pursue progressive and inclusionary policies. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject URBAN RENEWAL AND DEVELOPMENT (URD) en
dc.subject JOHANNESBURG en
dc.subject CITIES en
dc.title Urban power and political agency: reflections on a study of local economic development in Johannesburg and Leeds en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume September en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Economic Perfomance and Development en
dc.SourceTitle Cities en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Oxford, England en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8368 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7105 en
dc.bibliographictitle Davies, J.S. & Msengana-Ndlela, L.G. (2014) Urban power and political agency: reflections on a study of local economic development in Johannesburg and Leeds. <i>Cities</i>. September:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Davies, J.S. en
dc.contributor.author2 Msengana-Ndlela, L.G. en


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