Place-shaping by local government in developing countries: lessons for the developed world

Grant, Bligh and Dollery, Brian (2010) Place-shaping by local government in developing countries: lessons for the developed world. International Journal of Public Administration, 33 (5). pp. 251-261. ISSN 0190-0692


The Lyons Inquiry into local government in Britain represented a significant contribution to the debate on local government reform, with policy ramifications well beyond contemporary Britain. This article considers the Inquiry’s concept of “place-shaping” as a mode of local
government reform which captures the experience of a number of developing countries in recent years. By way of illustrative examples, we examine these processes in the specific contexts of South Africa and Indonesia. In particular, we consider whether the devolution of
functions to municipalities in developmental settings constitutes place-shaping, and how this bears on processes of local government reform in developed nations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 00:05
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2013 03:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: devolution; place-shaping; economic development; local government finance
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140199 Economic Theory not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/01900690903427737

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