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Decentralizing government and decentering gender: lessons from local government reform in South Africa

Beall, Jo (2005) Decentralizing government and decentering gender: lessons from local government reform in South Africa. Politics and Society, 33 (2). pp. 253-276. ISSN 0032-3292

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Abstract

Localization and decentralization are frequently presented as good for women. However, the reality is not so clear-cut. Local government is the tier that is closest to people but relationships, structures and processes of local governance can both limit the space for women’s participation and the policy potential for addressing gender issues. The experience of democratic reform in South Africa is invariably held up as an example of good practice in advancing gender equity in governance. Critically drawing on this experience, the article points up some of the paradoxes for women and gender equity of decentralisation strategies and governance at the local level.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://pas.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2005 Sage Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2007
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/2905/

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