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

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International Journal of Public Administration, 2010, 33 (5), pp. 251 - 261
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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. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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