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Localising governance in the African city: a grounded model of multiple and contending forms of security governance in Hout Bay, Cape Town
Department of Political Studies, University of the Western Cape (ZAF).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8613-1452
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Urban Planing and Development. Department of Political Studies, University of the Western Cape (ZA).
2022 (English)In: Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, ISSN 1466-2043, E-ISSN 1743-9094, Vol. 60, no 3, p. 298-320Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper articulates a model of urban governance, developed through emergent analysis of the rulers, methods, rules and logics evident in the practices of security governance in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Informed by the concept of hybrid governance, this grounded theorising draws on extensive fieldwork on security governance practices in a complex urban neighbourhood to present a model of multiple and sometimes contending forms of governance that include, but are not limited to, bureaucratic, market, developmental, network and informal governance. Our model emerges from a critique of top-down approaches to understanding governance that starts with the state, institutions and law, or approaches that primarily focus on formal partnerships between the state and business or other social partners. The view from above can miss important aspects of how residents are governed ‘from below’ and informally. Hence it is impossible to understand from the formal, and in advance of grounded research, exactly how many places in urban Africa are governed. Exposing the particular and local forms of governance in urban Africa can support improved forms of service delivery and citizen’s experiences of living in their city. In addition, while our model may be relevant in other places, more important is the methodology of identifying the rulers and methods, but especially the rules and logics of practice, to surface the specific, and complex, forms of governance in an urban place.

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2022. Vol. 60, no 3, p. 298-320
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Urban governance; hybrid governance; informality; security governance; South Africa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19391DOI: 10.1080/14662043.2022.2082676ISI: 000829871200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85134687994OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19391DiVA, id: diva2:1714485
Available from: 2022-11-29 Created: 2022-11-29 Last updated: 2022-12-22Bibliographically approved

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