oa Africa Insight - Regionalism in South Africa: Constraints and possibilities

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Terms such as ""regionalism"", ""decentralization"" and ""autonomy"" are fashionable buzz-words today in the vocabularies of political analysts and constitutional lawyers. This follows an observable trend in the practices of governments in industrial and developing countries worldwide: governmental activities are being increasingly exercised at subnational, regional and/or community levels in societies; and for a variety of reasons. The topics of regionalism, autonomy and decentralization are also popular among local scholars as well as political and constitutional engineers in South Africa.2 A question naturally cropping up is: Why are these constitutional phenomena currently so much in fashion?

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