303pp., paperback, FIrst SA Edition, Cape Town, 2017
Also published in the UK in 2017.
"The authors present a rich, comprehensive but sober analysis of progress achieved by the South African public sector in the two decades after apartheid. Their view from the local level is particularly relevant, as South Africa is one of the few African countries empowered with sub-national government." William Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance
"A landmark critical review drawing on a rich evidence base from both academic and practitioner perspectives. Its insights and analytical framework have relevance for other countries and cities facing the challenges of the 'new urban' agenda." Stephen Essex, Plymouth University
Ian Palmer is the founder of Palmer Development Group, a South African development consultancy. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities.
Nishendra Moodley currently works with the South African National Treasury's City Support Programme.
Susan Parnell is Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She was a founding member of the African Centre for Cities and continues to be involved in their activities.