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dc.contributor.authorDavies, Jonathan S.en
dc.contributor.authorLindiwe G. Msengana Ndlelaen
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-26T09:03:50Z
dc.date.available2014-09-26T09:03:50Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationDavies, J. S. and Msengana-Ndlela, L. (2014) Urban Power and Political Agency: Reflections on a Study of Local Economic Development in Johannesburg and Leeds. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Politics and Planning. 44, pp. 131-138en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/10286
dc.description.abstract“Does politics matter” is an enduring question in urban studies. This paper contributes to the debate by exploring the agency of city leaders in local economic development policy in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Leeds (UK). In place of the conventional (though valid) focus on structural constraint under neoliberalism, we show how decisions by leaders ostensibly committed to social inclusion contributed to outcomes aggravating social exclusion. Whatever structural constraints pertain, the failures of local economic development must be attributed, in part, to decisions made and actions taken in response to acknowledged policy dilemmas. An agency-centred perspective poses important questions about the potential for city government to pursue progressive and inclusionary policies.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.subjecturbanen
dc.subjectpoweren
dc.subjectagencyen
dc.subjectJohannesburgen
dc.subjectLeedsen
dc.titleUrban Power and Political Agency: Reflections on a Study of Local Economic Development in Johannesburg and Leedsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2014.09.001
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.fundernoneen
dc.projectidnoneen
dc.researchinstituteLocal Governance Research Centre (LGRC)en
dc.researchinstituteCentre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)en


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