n Local Government Bulletin - Strangulation of local the government : stifling innovation, experimentation and local responsiveness




In the past decade, local government has experienced a mass of legislation regulating its functioning. The question is whether the sheer volume, style, nature and scope of this legislative framework is facilitating or obstructing the achievement of local government's mandate of development. Are the many laws not impeding two key values of local government, namely that municipalities are best placed to gauge community needs and can become sites of innovation and creativity? This article argues that the overload of laws may be strangulating local government's execution of its mandate. The revision of the White Paper on Local Government should therefore also look at the extent and manner of regulation.


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