n Journal of Public Administration - Reframing local economic development futures in South Africa

Volume 48, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Against the backdrop of a rethinking of national frameworks for local economic development (LED) in South Africa, this article examines the changing international environment which impacts upon the framing of LED policy and practice. Six major themes are extracted from recent international research and evolving policy debates about LED to capture the essential contemporary directions and core issues from the international experience which need to be taken into consideration in reframing LED in South Africa. The identified themes are the continued relevance of LED in a changing world economy, the positive potential role of the local developmental state, recognizing the positive development impacts that can arise from the adoption of LED strategies, the challenge of planning informal economies, building local competitiveness, and of the greening of LED strategies.

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