Building a Capable State : Service Delivery in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Paperback Book

Building a Capable State : Service Delivery in Post-Apartheid South Africa Paperback


Given the signing of a new sustainable development goals in 2016, marking a new phase of global development thinking focused on ecologically and fiscally sustainable human settlements, few countries offer a better testing ground for their attainment than post-Apartheid South Africa.

Since the coming to power of the African National Congress, the country has undergone a policy making revolution, driven by an urgent need to improve access to services for the country's black majority. Twenty years on from the fall of Apartheid, Building a Capable State asks what lessons can be learned from the South African experience.

The book assesses whether the South African government has succeeded in improving service delivery, focusing on the vital sectors of water and sanitation, energy, roads and public transport.

Emphasizing the often-overlooked role of local government institutions, the book 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. A comprehensive examination of urban service delivery in the global South, Building a Capable State is essential reading for practitioners of public policy as well as development students and researchers across the social sciences.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 40 Tables, black and white; 76 Figures; 1 Index; 1 Bibliography
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
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  • Category: Development studies
  • ISBN: 9781783609642

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