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Beyond the policy-implementation gap How the City of Johannesburg manufactured the ungovernability of street trading

Au delà du décalage entre politique et sa mise en oeuvre. Comment la municipalité de Johannesburg a construit l'ingouvernabilité du commerce de rue.

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Contemporary cities are said to have become ‘ungovernable’, especially in the Global South. They are certainly more difficult to govern due to the complexification of states’ apparatus (under the double dynamics of neoliberalisation and decentralisation), cities’ larger size, massive poverty, and informality. Yet, the ungovernability thesis arguably stems from a theoretical shift, from local government to urban governance, that has rendered the questions of steering, political choices, and accountability almost impossible to conceptualise. Unpacking the policy instruments used to govern street trading in Johannesburg, the paper shows that its socalled ‘ungovernability’ was largely manufactured by municipal choices.
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hal-02780630 , version 1 (04-06-2020)

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Claire Bénit-Gbaffou. Beyond the policy-implementation gap How the City of Johannesburg manufactured the ungovernability of street trading. The Journal of Development Studies, 2018, Governing the city: informal practices of the State, 54 (12), pp.2149-2167. ⟨10.1080/00220388.2018.1460468⟩. ⟨hal-02780630⟩
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