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Sunlight or window dressing? Local government compliance with South Africa's promotion of access to information act

Berliner, Daniel (2017) Sunlight or window dressing? Local government compliance with South Africa's promotion of access to information act. Governance, 30 (4). pp. 641-661. ISSN 0952-1895

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Identification Number: 10.1111/gove.12246

Abstract

Institutional reforms often face challenges of poor compliance and implementation at the local level. I analyze these in a context where weak state capacity and limited enforcement make widespread compliance unlikely. South Africa's 2000 Promotion of Access to Information Act tasked the South African Human Rights Commission with monitoring and promoting compliance, but with limited resources and no authority to sanction. I argue that local political competition can generate endogenous incentives for compliance, even under conditions of weak capacity and limited external enforcement. Using data on 234 South African municipalities over 10 years, I find higher levels of compliance among more politically competitive municipalities. The results are not simply a function of differences between African National Congress–governed municipalities and others, and are robust to numerous controls for different forms of local state capacity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2016 Wiley-Blackwell
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 14:30
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:37
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85719

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