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Simon Bekker and Laurent Fourchard Examine Politics and Policies of Governing Cities in Africa

Governing Cities in AfricaHSRC Press is pleased to announce the release of Governing Cities in Africa: Politics and Policies, edited by Simon Bekker and Laurent Fourchard

Studies of government and politics in Africa are dominated by a focus on the national and are typically set apart by anglophone, francophone and lusophone historical influences, with South Africa as an exception.

This volume departs from a different set of questions and employs a novel approach in discussing them: cities in sub-Saharan Africa provide the pivot around which issues of policy and practice, planning and service delivery turn, at different scales and both from the top down as well as from the bottom up. Party politics, for example, is discussed at city level and urban security both within a state and a non-state context. The novelty of the approach is found in thematic rather than single-city chapters written by multiple authors each of whom displays depth knowledge of one of three or more cities treated in each case.

Governing Cities in Africa will interest scholars of African and of urban studies as well as urban policy-makers and practitioners.

About the editor

Simon Bekker is Emeritus Professor in Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch. He acted as Professor of Development Studies at Rhodes University, Professor of Sociology at UNISA and Director of the Centre for Social and Development Studies at the (then) University of Natal (Durban). He has held visiting fellow appointments at Oxford University, the Centre d’Étude d’Afrique Noire in France, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala in Sweden and has lectured at summer schools organized by CODESRIA in Dakar, Senegal. He obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cape Town in 1974.

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