CCS
CCS Events
CCS Libraries
About CCS
CCS Projects
BRICS
CCS Highlights


Publication Details

Reference
Bond, Patrick (2008) Decentralization, privatization and countervailing
popular pressure: South African water commodification and decommodification.  : 1-19.

Summary
The decentralization of state services generally entails the shifting of delivery mandates from higher to lower scales but with fewer resources, a problem known as “unfunded mandates.” It is sometimes argued that the core economic objective behind decentralization is increased efficiency, but what this means in practice, as we will see in our case study, can better be termed “commodification.” Simultaneously, urban areas are under much more severe competitive pressures, as decentralized planning compels a shift to entrepreneurial management. The most extreme case may be the full transfer of state responsibilities to households, under the guise of “community-based management” and “participation.” In many rural areas suffering lack of state capacity, decentralization reflects a rollback of state service delivery commitments altogether.

These features of decentralization have had a devastating impact upon water/sanitation access for poor people, and throw into question the over-reliance upon decapacitated municipalities for essential state services such as water.

Read Publication 
 cast your net a little wider...
 Radical Philosophy 
 AFRICAN ENVIROMENTAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY FILMS 
 African Studies Association (USA)  
 New Dawn Engineering 
 Wikipedia 
 Indymedia Radio 
 Southern Africa Report online 
 Online Anti Apartheid Periodicals, 1960 - 1994 
 Autonomy & Solidarity 
 New Formulation 
 We Write 
 International Journal of Socialist Renewal 
 Theoria 
 Journal of African Philosophy 
 British Library for Development Studies 
 The Nordic Africa Institute Online Library 
 Political Economy Research Institute Bulletin (PERI) 
 Feminist Africa 
 Jacques Depelchin's Tribute to Harold Wolpe 
 Chimurenga 
 African Studies Quarterly 
 The Industrial Workers of the World 
 Anarchist Archives 
 Wholewheat Radio 
 Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa  
 Zanon Workers 
 Public Citizen  
 Open Directory Project 
 Big noise films 
 London Review of Books  
 New York Review of Books 
 Monthly Review 
 New Left Review 
 Bureau of Public Secrets  
 Zed Books 
 Pluto Press 
 Duke University Press  
 Abe Books 
 The Electric Book Company 
 Project Guttenberg 
 Newspeak Dictionary 
 Feral Script Kiddies 
 Go Open Source 
 Source Forge 
 www.kiarchive.ru 
 Ubuntu Linux Home Page 
 Software for Apple Computers 



|  Contact Information  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy