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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900690903427737
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Place-shaping by local government in developing countries: lessons for the developed world

ERA Journal ID39915
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsGrant, Bligh (Author) and Dollery, Brian (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Public Administration
Journal Citation33 (5), pp. 251-261
Number of Pages11
Year2010
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia, PA. United States
ISSN0190-0692
1532-4265
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01900690903427737
Abstract

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.

Keywordsdevolution; place-shaping; economic development; local government finance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440708. Public administration
440811. Political theory and political philosophy
380399. Economic theory not elsewhere classified
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University of New England
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