n Journal of Public Administration - Macro perspective on intergovernmental relations in respect of local political structures

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1996 makes provision for national legislation to determine the local political structures in respect of a number of categories of municipalities. The enabling legislation, namely, the , 1998 restricts the options for local government in both the metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, thereby ignoring the fundamental objectives and values of decentralisation which are applicable, particularly in a democratic society.

This article examines the characteristics of strong and weak spheres of local government, various models of local government under different political systems and the local political structures in the selected developing and developed countries within the context of decentralisation.
Flowing from the foregoing, some macro structural proposals are made for the sphere of local government in South Africa which should promote the objectives and values of decentralisation and foster intergovernmental relations.

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