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Neoliberalism and urban sustainable governance in cities of Sub Saharan Africa : A case study of Johannesburg and Kigali

Backmann, Lorenz (2021) Neoliberalism and urban sustainable governance in cities of Sub Saharan Africa : A case study of Johannesburg and Kigali.

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis aims to explore the extent to which neoliberalism is reflected in urban sustainable governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the course of a discourse analysis, two policy papers, The Kigali City Master Plan and The Johannesburg Integrated Development Plan, are examined. Here, the argumentations and discourse fragments are elaborated and then examined for patterns of neoliberalization. The initial assumptions of many theorists that neoliberalism now dominates every sphere of society are only partially confirmed. The discourse in Kigali exhibits a high degree of neoliberal characteristics, while in Johannesburg economic issues are dealt with under the principles of neoliberalism, but the main discourse revolves around the solution of social problems. Although the discourses of both cities show strong similarities, especially at the beginning, there are clear differences when it comes to the presentation of concrete strategies and priorities. These results make it clear that previous assumptions about the hegemony of neoliberalism need to be further investigated when new factors are taken into account.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87729
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