Les Ward Committees À Msunduzi : La Participation Locale Entre Influence Des Élites Et Logiques Partisanes
This article explores the innovation of ward committees in the municipal governance of South Africa in relation to party politics, more specifically the alleged ‘dominant party syndrome’ associated with the ruling African National Congress. Drawing on findings of a case-study it is argued that where ward committees are actually functional they remain under the influence of the local party, thus undermining their non-partisan role. Hence while ward committees they may increase the number of participants in local governance, they tend to be participants associated with the dominant local party and thus offer little new input or challenge to local political elites.
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