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Local economic development in South Africa: Strategic challenges


  • Christian Rogerson


Since the democratic transition, local economic development has been a growing feature of development planning in South Africa. The major objective of national government promotion of local economic development (LED) in South Africa is to forge robust and sustainable local economies. This paper analyses 15 years' experience of LED planning, and identifies strategic challenges that face LED planning in South Africa.

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  • Christian Rogerson, 2010. "Local economic development in South Africa: Strategic challenges," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(4), pages 481-495.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:27:y:2010:i:4:p:481-495 DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2010.508580

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    1. Cecile Gerwel Proches & Shamim Bodhanya & Stan Hardman, 2012. "The Challenges of Service Provision and Economic Development in South Africa," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 14(Special N), pages 580-599, November.
    2. Rogerson Christian M. & Rogerson Jayne M., 2014. "Agritourism and local economic development in South Africa," Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, De Gruyter Open, vol. 26(26), pages 1-14, December.


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