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Democracy and Delivery: The Rationalization of Local Government in South Africa

Democracy and Delivery: The Rationalization of Local Government in South Africa 03_IRAS 66/1 articles 22/2/2000 11:22 am Page 143 Democracy and delivery: the rationalization of local government in South Africa Christopher Pycroft Introduction Following the demise of apartheid and the transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa has sought reintegration into the global economy. Reintegration has followed the ending of years of isolation and the lifting of sanctions imposed by the international community against the apartheid regime. The democratic govern- ment also recognized that South Africa’s prospects for economic growth — essential to achieve the government’s objectives of redistribution and poverty elimination — were inexorably linked to the country’s ability to position itself within the global economy (Abedian and Biggs, 1998). When the African National Congress (ANC)-led government first came to power in 1994 the party’s manifesto and the government’s key policy document was the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) (African National Congress, 1994). The RDP sought to address the inequalities of apartheid and accelerate economic growth through government intervention in the economy. Rapid delivery of social goods, education, health care and housing were to be used as the basis to stimulate eco- nomic activity and job creation (Munslow and FitzGerald, 1997). By 1996 the RDP, while not abandoned as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Administrative Sciences SAGE

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0020-8523
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03_IRAS 66/1 articles 22/2/2000 11:22 am Page 143 Democracy and delivery: the rationalization of local government in South Africa Christopher Pycroft Introduction Following the demise of apartheid and the transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa has sought reintegration into the global economy. Reintegration has followed the ending of years of isolation and the lifting of sanctions imposed by the international community against the apartheid regime. The democratic govern- ment also recognized that South Africa’s prospects for economic growth — essential to achieve the government’s objectives of redistribution and poverty elimination — were inexorably linked to the country’s ability to position itself within the global economy (Abedian and Biggs, 1998). When the African National Congress (ANC)-led government first came to power in 1994 the party’s manifesto and the government’s key policy document was the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) (African National Congress, 1994). The RDP sought to address the inequalities of apartheid and accelerate economic growth through government intervention in the economy. Rapid delivery of social goods, education, health care and housing were to be used as the basis to stimulate eco- nomic activity and job creation (Munslow and FitzGerald, 1997). By 1996 the RDP, while not abandoned as

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International Review of Administrative SciencesSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2000

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