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How To Steal A City - The Battle For Nelson Mandela Bay (Paperback): Crispian Olver How To Steal A City - The Battle For Nelson Mandela Bay (Paperback)
Crispian Olver 8
R275 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R50 (18%) In stock

How to Steal a City is an insider account of this intervention, which lays bare how the administration was entirely captured and bled dry by a criminal syndicate, how factional politics within the ruling party abetted that corruption, and how a comprehensive clean-up was eventually conducted.

It is written as a gripping real-life thriller, taking the reader deeper and deeper into the rotten heart of the city. As a former senior government official and local government “fixer”, Crispian Olver was no stranger to dealing with dodgy politicians and broken organisations. Yet what he found was graft that went far beyond the dodgy contracts, blatant conflicts of interest and garden-variety kickbacks he had seen before. It had evolved into a web far more sophisticated and deep rooted than he had ever imagined, involving mazes of shell companies, assassinations, criminal syndicates, and compromised local politicians. The metro was effectively controlled by a criminal network, closely allied to a dominant local ANC faction. What he found was complete state capture—a microcosm of what has been happening in South Africa’s national government.

But there was a personal price to pay. Intense political pressure and threats to his personal safety took a toll on his mental and physical health. He had to have a full-time bodyguard, and never maintained a regular routine. He eventually lost much of his political cover. Olver ultimately had to flee the city as the forces stacked against him started to wreak their revenge.

This is his story.

A South African Renewable Energy Guide For Local Government (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Lisa Thompson-Smeddle A South African Renewable Energy Guide For Local Government (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Lisa Thompson-Smeddle
R234 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R28 (12%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Since the publication of the first edition of A South African Renewable Energy Guide for Local Government, the costs related to non-renewable energy generation have increased exponentially, and coal-based energy systems have continued to generate large quantities of dangerous emissions. Conversely, sustainable energy generation has become more cost-effective, and in many instances renewables are now more economically viable than non-renewables. This narrowing gap in costs, coupled with an increased awareness of the environmental benefits of renewables, has greatly stimulated the sustainable energy market.

Over the last several years, metropolitan municipalities have engaged with innovative, cost-effective sustainable energy projects and solutions. Medium and smaller municipalities are beginning to understand the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the energy sector. They are learning how to work within the confines of the South African national, provincial and local policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks; how to embed renewables within local integrated development plans and strategies; how to utilise appropriate technologies and how to apply financing mechanisms and leverage partnerships for successful project delivery. It is critically important therefore that (particularly) small, medium and rural municipalities continue to explore, and receive capacity-building and support for, renewable and energy-efficient solutions

In line with these developments, this second edition provides useful information and solid examples of how politicians, city managers and government officials, in partnership with communities, can facilitate the adoption of renewable energy systems and technologies to achieve a more sustainable energy future for all.

A Florida State of Mind - An Unnatural History of Our Weirdest State (Hardcover): James D Wright A Florida State of Mind - An Unnatural History of Our Weirdest State (Hardcover)
James D Wright
R502 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R134 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Shortest Way Home - One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future (Hardcover): Pete Buttigieg Shortest Way Home - One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future (Hardcover)
Pete Buttigieg
R517 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R134 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Once described by The Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of", Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city", because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention. While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America's so-called flyover country.

View From City Hall - Reflections On Governing Cape Town (Paperback): Patricia De Lille, Craig Kesson View From City Hall - Reflections On Governing Cape Town (Paperback)
Patricia De Lille, Craig Kesson 3
R265 R89 Discovery Miles 890 Save R176 (66%) In stock

The City of Cape Town is a place of contrasts, the legacy of apartheid having left a distinct make-up. Yet the challenges confronting the contemporary city are notably aggravated by modern-day factors such as increasing unemployment and poverty.

In this timely work, Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille and Craig Kesson, the city’s Director of Policy and Strategy, confront some of the issues of governance: how can the city help overcome social and physical segregation; how can the government live up to the promises made to South Africans; and how can the city function and heal within these limitations?

"I’ve seen firsthand the progress Cape Town has made under Mayor De Lille. Successes in one city often spreads to others, and this book provides a valuable guide for how, with a bit of motivated and dynamic leadership, cities can lead the way on the most important issues of our day.” Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P. and former mayor of New York City

Municipal management - Serving the people (Paperback, 3rd ed): G. van der Waldt Municipal management - Serving the people (Paperback, 3rd ed)
G. van der Waldt 1
R423 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R59 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days
Modern Panama - From Occupation to Crossroads of the Americas (Paperback): Michael L. Conniff, Gene E Bigler Modern Panama - From Occupation to Crossroads of the Americas (Paperback)
Michael L. Conniff, Gene E Bigler
R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Few have a complete understanding of the recent history of Panama, markedly since the signing of the Carter-Torrijos Treaties in 1977. Although the Treaty set the stage for the country to finally control all of its territory, little is known about how Panama has fared, both as a manager of a major waterway and as a sovereign nation in a unique region. Authors Michael L. Conniff and Gene E. Bigler seek to fill this major gap in Latin American history with Modern Panama, a thorough account of the recent political and economic developments in Panama. Despite the country's continued struggle with political corruption, Conniff and Bigler argue that changes since the turnover of the Canal have been largely positive, and Panama has emerged into the twenty-first century as a stable, functioning democracy with a growing economy, improved canal management, and a higher standard of living.

God Save Texas - A Journey into the Future of America (Paperback): Lawrence Wright God Save Texas - A Journey into the Future of America (Paperback)
Lawrence Wright 1
R292 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R118 (40%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'This is a funny, pointed love letter to Texas, at once elegiac and clear-eyed' Ben Macintyre, The Times From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. Texas is a Republican state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslim adherents in the United States). The cities are Democrat and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports and has an economy only somewhat smaller than Australia's. Lawrence Wright has written an enchanting book about what is often seen as an unenchanting place. Having spent most of his life there, while remaining deeply aware of its oddities, Wright is as charmed by Texan foibles and landscapes as he is appalled by its politics and brutality. With its economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation producing both extraordinary growth and striking income disparities, Texas, Wright shows, looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. This profound portrait of the state, completed just as Texas battled to rebuild after the devastating storms of summer 2017, not only reflects the United States back as it is, but as it was and as it might be. As much the home of Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson as of J.R., Ross Perot and the Bush family, as filled with magical scenery as with desolate oil-fields and strip-malls, Texas is a bellwether, super-sized mass of contradictions: a life-long study.

Central and Local Government Relations in Asia - Achieving Fiscal Sustainability (Hardcover): Naoyuki Yoshino, Peter J. Morgan Central and Local Government Relations in Asia - Achieving Fiscal Sustainability (Hardcover)
Naoyuki Yoshino, Peter J. Morgan
R2,648 Discovery Miles 26 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sustainable and inclusive growth in emerging Asian economies requires high levels of public investment in areas such as infrastructure, education, health, and social services. The increasing complexity and regional diversity of these investment needs, together with the trend of democratization, has led to fiscal decentralization being implemented in many Asian economies. This book takes stock of some major issues regarding fiscal decentralization, including expenditure and revenue assignments, transfer programs, and the sustainability of local government finances, and develops important findings and policy recommendations. The book's expert contributors assess the current state of the allocation of expenditures and revenues between central and local governments in emerging Asian economies, and discuss their major strengths and weaknesses. They also present relevant case studies of experiences and reform measures related to strengthening and monitoring local government finance, including the implications of expanded fiscal capacity for infrastructure investment and other public spending. Covering the major Asian economies of the People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia, and Japan, among others, the book focuses on the economic incentives of transfer schemes, how intergovernmental fiscal equalization works, and how subnational government borrowing regulations could influence debt dynamics and the fiscal deficits of local governments. This book's insightful analysis will be essential reading for policy makers in Asian economies and academics and researchers in the areas of economic development, public finance, and fiscal policy as well as development aid officials, multilateral banks, and NGOs.

Let Me Finish - Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics (Standard format, CD): Chris... Let Me Finish - Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics (Standard format, CD)
Chris Christie
R613 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R176 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Municipal Administration - The Handbook (Paperback, 6th Revised edition): D.L. Craythorne Municipal Administration - The Handbook (Paperback, 6th Revised edition)
D.L. Craythorne 2
R606 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R96 (16%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Significantly updated to reflect all the latest legislation, this edition of Municipal administration - the handbook remains a text for all who have dealings with local government. One of the new features is the accompanying CD, which contains regulations concerning procurement, fair administrative procedures and the new legislation on corruption.

State and Local Government - The Essentials (Paperback, 5th edition): Ann O'M. Bowman, Richard C. Kearney State and Local Government - The Essentials (Paperback, 5th edition)
Ann O'M. Bowman, Richard C. Kearney
R817 R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 Save R128 (16%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Bowman/Kearney's STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE ESSENTIALS, FIFTH EDITION takes an positive look at state and local government, in a shorter and more streamlined approach. While acknowledging the legitimate concerns voiced by critics, it espouses, clearly, that government can be a force for good in society. Through engaging coverage of current events and an accessible writing style, the text fosters student interest and involvement in state and local politics, policy, and public service. For instructors who prefer a more streamlined text or for those who teach one-semester courses, this new edition of the Essentials version features limited focus on policy, and six fewer chapters than its full-length counterpart.

The US Senate and the Commonwealth - Kentucky Lawmakers and the Evolution of Legislative Leadership (Hardcover): Mitch... The US Senate and the Commonwealth - Kentucky Lawmakers and the Evolution of Legislative Leadership (Hardcover)
Mitch McConnell, Roy E Brownell; Contributions by Lamar Alexander
R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Kentucky has long punched above its weight in the US Senate, as some of the nation's most distinguished senators have hailed from the Commonwealth. Despite its relatively small population for much of American history, Kentucky has produced a record two Senate majority leaders, a record three Senate majority whips, and one of the country's greatest lawmakers, Henry Clay. These Kentuckians played an important role in the evolution of leadership institutions in the Senate. Official positions such as Senate majority leader and majority whip are nowhere to be found in the Constitution or early American history, yet today these offices have essentially eclipsed the constitutionally created legislative leadership positions of vice president and president pro tempore. While Kentucky senators have played a vital role in leading the Senate and in its institutional history, no book has told the story in its entirety. The US Senate and the Commonwealth is the first book of its kind to provide a detailed, yet accessible, discussion of the US Senate's leadership throughout its 225-year history. Senator Mitch McConnell and Roy E. Brownell II weave together the history of the Senate with lively portraits of prominent Kentucky senators as well as firsthand reflections about legislative leadership by a Senate majority leader. The authors illuminate and humanize this discussion by exploring the colorful and vivid lives of fifteen Kentucky lawmakers, including Henry Clay, Alben Barkley, and John Sherman Cooper. This compelling and fascinating study is an essential resource.

Breathing, Volume 26 - Chaos and Poetry (Paperback): Franco "Bifo" Berardi Breathing, Volume 26 - Chaos and Poetry (Paperback)
Franco "Bifo" Berardi
R247 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R63 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The increasingly chaotic rhythm of our respiration, and the sense of suffocation that grows everywhere: an essay on poetical therapy. Since the hopeful days of the Occupy movement, many things have changed in the respiration of the world, and we have entered a cycle of spasm, despair, and chaos. Breathing is a book about the increasingly chaotic rhythm of our respiration, about the sense of suffocation that grows everywhere. "I can't breathe." These words panted by Eric Garner before dying, strangled by a police officer on the streets of Staten Island, capture perfectly catching the overall sentiment of our time. In Breathing, Franco "Bifo" Berardi comes back to the subject that was the core of his 2011 book, The Uprising: the place of poetry in the relations between language, capital, and possibility. In The Uprising, he focuses on poetry as an anticipation of the trend toward abstraction that led to the present form of financial capitalism. In Breathing, he tries to envision poetry as the excess of the field of signification, as the premonition of a possible harmony inscribed in the present chaos. The Uprising was a genealogical diagnosis. Breathing is an essay on poetical therapy. How we deal with chaos, as we know that those who fight against chaos will be defeated, because chaos feeds upon war? How do we deal with suffocation? Is there a way out from the corpse of financial capitalism?

Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy - Hybrid Constitutionalism: The Politics of Constitutional Review in the Chinese... Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy - Hybrid Constitutionalism: The Politics of Constitutional Review in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions (Hardcover)
Eric C. Ip
R1,883 R1,723 Discovery Miles 17 230 Save R160 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the first book that focuses on the entrenched, fundamental divergence between the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal and Macau's Tribunal de Ultima Instancia over their constitutional jurisprudence, with the former repeatedly invalidating unconstitutional legislation with finality and the latter having never challenged the constitutionality of legislation at all. This divergence is all the more remarkable when considered in the light of the fact that the two Regions, commonly subject to oversight by China's authoritarian Party-state, possess constitutional frameworks that are nearly identical; feature similar hybrid regimes; and share a lot in history, ethnicity, culture, and language. Informed by political science and economics, this book breaks new ground by locating the cause of this anomaly, studied within the universe of authoritarian constitutionalism, not in the common law-civil law differences between these two former European dependencies, but the disparate levels of political transaction costs therein.

Mines, Communities, and States - The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa (Hardcover): Jessica Steinberg Mines, Communities, and States - The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa (Hardcover)
Jessica Steinberg
R1,664 R1,526 Discovery Miles 15 260 Save R138 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When do local communities benefit from natural resource extraction? In some regions of natural resource extraction, firms provide goods and services to local communities, but in others, protest may occur, leading to government regulatory or repressive intervention. Mines, Communities, and States explores these outcomes in Africa, where natural resource extraction is a particularly important source of revenue for states with otherwise limited capacity. Blending a mixture of methodological approaches, including formal modelling, structured case comparison, and quantitative geo-spatial empirical analysis, it argues that local populations are important actors in extractive regions because they have the potential to impose political and economic costs on the state as well as the extractive firm. Jessica Steinberg argues that governments, in turn, must assess the economic benefits of extraction and the value of political support in the region, and make a calculation about how to manage trade-offs that might arise between these alternatives.

New Jersey's Multiple Municipal Madness (Paperback): Alan Karcher New Jersey's Multiple Municipal Madness (Paperback)
Alan Karcher
R617 Discovery Miles 6 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A critical look at how and why the boundary lines of New Jersey's 566 municipalities were drawn, pointing to the irrationality of these excessive divisions. Alan Karcher looks at the history and high cost of New Jersey's multiple municipalities. He investigates the economic considerations, political pressures, and personal agendas that created the bizarre configurations dividing the Garden State, while analyzing the public policies that allowed and even encouraged the formation of new municipalities. Karcher also examines the political dynamics that thwarted every effort of New Jersey metropolises to join the front ranks of major American cities. Karcher identifies the major motivations behind the unparalleled experience of New Jersey's municipal multiplication. He delves deeply into the primary causes of new lines being drawn, such as road appropriations, the location of a railroad station, control of a local school district, the regulation of alcohol sales, and the preservation of exclusivity prior to the acceptance of zoning. He also assesses the present situation and what has happened in the past 60 years since the municipal multiplication madness ceased, calling on elected officials to confront reality and correct yesterday's excesses. The genesis of the present political map of the state is a story that while interesting is not always charming, while fascinating is far from edifying. Little in the history can be called quaint. Rather it is a story of separation and exclusion, of division and greed, of preservation of prerogatives and prejudices. It is a story that supports the conclusion that these lines are rarely the product of chance, rather they were drawn by politicians with very human foibles and frailties, and with very narrow agendas-agendas that have proven to be egregiously expensive for today's taxpayers. Alan Karcher, the former Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly during the activist 1980s, currently practices municipal law in Middlesex County. He represents the third generation of his family to serve as a member of the New Jersey State Legislature.

God Save Texas - A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Hardcover): Lawrence Wright God Save Texas - A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Hardcover)
Lawrence Wright
R584 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R222 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Modern Panama - From Occupation to Crossroads of the Americas (Hardcover): Michael L. Conniff, Gene E Bigler Modern Panama - From Occupation to Crossroads of the Americas (Hardcover)
Michael L. Conniff, Gene E Bigler
R1,648 Discovery Miles 16 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Few have a complete understanding of the recent history of Panama, markedly since the signing of the Carter-Torrijos Treaties in 1977. Although the Treaty set the stage for the country to finally control all of its territory, little is known about how Panama has fared, both as a manager of a major waterway and as a sovereign nation in a unique region. Authors Michael L. Conniff and Gene E. Bigler seek to fill this major gap in Latin American history with Modern Panama, a thorough account of the recent political and economic developments in Panama. Despite the country's continued struggle with political corruption, Conniff and Bigler argue that changes since the turnover of the Canal have been largely positive, and Panama has emerged into the twenty-first century as a stable, functioning democracy with a growing economy, improved canal management, and a higher standard of living.

The Government and Politics of the European Union (Paperback, 8th ed. 2017): Neill Nugent The Government and Politics of the European Union (Paperback, 8th ed. 2017)
Neill Nugent
R919 R740 Discovery Miles 7 400 Save R179 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The definitive textbook on EU politics and governance, now in its 8th edition, has been thoroughly updated throughout to take into account the ongoing developments and evolution of the EU. Major changes, recent developments, and the major crises that have befallen the union in recent times are analysed within this context. This includes eurozone crisis, the migration crisis, and the UK's decision to leave the EU. Acclaimed author and academic Neill Nugent has written a comprehensive text, enabling students with no prior knowledge of the EU to master the subject. By detailing the historical evolution of European integration, Nugent gives the necessary context to his exhaustive analysis of policies, process, institutions and treaties. This has grown to include two new chapters on Member State Relations and Interest Representation. The final section considers concepts and theories with EU studies, providing a succinct, accessible introduction to theory, which can be read as standalone chapters. Completely redesigned and updated throughout with a new structure to increase readability and packed with numerous pedagogical features -document excerpts, case studies, maps figures - and supported by a fully stocked companion website with resources for both students and lecturers, this text is an essential for students new to EU studies.

South Asia in the Social Sciences - War, Maoism and Everyday Revolution in Nepal (Hardcover): Ina Zharkevich South Asia in the Social Sciences - War, Maoism and Everyday Revolution in Nepal (Hardcover)
Ina Zharkevich
R2,003 R1,832 Discovery Miles 18 320 Save R171 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

By providing a rich ethnography of wartime social processes in the former Maoist heartland of Nepal, this book explores how the Maoist People's War (1996-2006) transformed Nepali society. Drawing on long-term fieldwork with people who were located at the epicentre of the conflict, including both ardent Maoist supporters and 'reluctant rebels', it explores how a remote Himalayan village was forged as the centre of the Maoist rebellion, how its inhabitants coped with the situation of war and the Maoist regime of governance, and how they came to embrace the Maoist project and maintain ordinary life amidst the war while living in a guerilla enclave. By focusing on people's everyday lives, the book illuminates how the everyday became a primary site of revolution of crafting new subjectivities, introducing 'new' social practices and displacing the 'old' ones, and reconfiguring the ways that people act in and think about the world through the process of 'embodied change'.

All Roads Lead to Power - The Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women (Hardcover): Kaitlin Sidorsky All Roads Lead to Power - The Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women (Hardcover)
Kaitlin Sidorsky
R691 Discovery Miles 6 910 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Speaking of cabinet appointments he'd made as governor, presidential candidate Mitt Romney famously spoke of having "whole binders full of women" to consider. The line was much mocked; and yet, Kaitlin Sidorsky suggests, it raises a point long overlooked in discussions of the gender gap in politics: many more women are appointed, rather than elected, to political office. Analyzing an original survey of political appointments at all levels of state government, All Roads Lead to Power offers an expanded, more nuanced view of women in politics. This book also questions the manner in which political ambition, particularly among women, is typically studied and understood. In a deep comparative analysis of appointed and elected state positions, All Roads Lead to Power highlights how the differences between being appointed or elected explain why so many more women serve in appointed offices. These women, Sidorsky finds, are not always victims of a much-cited lack of self-confidence or ambition, or of a biased political sphere. More often, they make a conscious decision to enter politics through what they believe is a far less partisan and negative entry point. Furthermore, Sidorsky's research reveals that many women end up in political appointments-at all levels-not because they are ambitious to hold public office, but because the work connects with their personal lives or careers. With its groundbreaking research and insights into the ambitions, recruitment, and motivations of appointed officials, Sidorsky's work broadens our conception of political representation and alters our understanding of how and why women pursue and achieve political power.

Safeguarding Federalism - How States Protect Their Interests in National Policymaking (Hardcover): John D. Nugent Safeguarding Federalism - How States Protect Their Interests in National Policymaking (Hardcover)
John D. Nugent
R980 Discovery Miles 9 800 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Explains the dynamics of federalism in today's policymaking process"

The checks and balances built into the U.S. Constitution are designed to decentralize and thus limit the powers of government. This system works both horizontally--among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches--and vertically--between the federal government and state governments. That vertical separation, known as federalism, is intended to restrain the powers of the federal government, yet many political observers today believe that the federal government routinely oversteps its bounds at the expense of states.

In "Safeguarding Federalism," John D. Nugent argues that contrary to common perception, federalism is alive and well--if in a form different from what the Framers of the Constitution envisioned. According to Nugent, state officials have numerous options for affecting the development and implementation of federal policy and can soften, slow down, or even halt federal efforts they perceive as harming their interests.

Nugent describes the general approaches states use to safeguard their interests, such as influencing the federal policy, contributing to policy formulation, encouraging or discouraging policy enactment, participating in policy implementation, and providing necessary feedback on policy success or failure. Demonstrating the workings of these safeguards through detailed analysis of recent federal initiatives, including the 1996 welfare reform law, the Clean Air Act, moratoriums on state taxation of Internet commerce, and the highly controversial No Child Left Behind Act, Nugent shows how states' promotion of their own interests preserves the Founders' system of constitutional federalism today.

God Save Texas - A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Paperback): Lawrence Wright God Save Texas - A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Paperback)
Lawrence Wright
R353 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R127 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Voices of resilience - A living history of the Kenneth Gardens Municipal Housing Estate in Durban (Paperback): Monique Marks,... Voices of resilience - A living history of the Kenneth Gardens Municipal Housing Estate in Durban (Paperback)
Monique Marks, Kira Erwin, Tamlynn Fleetwood; Photographs by Cedric Nunn
R420 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R92 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Kenneth Gardens is Durban's largest low-income municipal housing estate. Initially built for `poor whites', Kenneth Gardens today is arguably one of the most socially diverse living spaces in the city. While the estate is significant in terms of its size, history and social make-up, very little has been written about it. This book provides a history of Kenneth Gardens through the oral history stories of its residents. It is a rich tapestry of narratives as told by people who resided in Kenneth Gardens during apartheid, those that moved into the estate when the Group Areas Act began to be defunct, as well as stories from residents who have more recently moved into the estate. Although this book is about Kenneth Gardens itself, it is also about the history of social housing, identity formation and change, urban planning, and state regulation. Many of the story tellers reveal intimate moments of struggle in their lives. But what emerges more strongly than vulnerability and hardship is embedded resilience and adaptability. Through the narratives we come to understand how a subsidised rental apartment becomes home, and how relative strangers can form a neighbourhood based on shared circumstances, proximity and an urban planning design that fosters familiarity and belonging. The narratives are accompanied by a unique photo essay created by acclaimed photographer Cedric Nunn. The authors invite readers to dwell in the everyday lives and memories of the people of Kenneth Gardens, and in so doing unravel the complexities of social housing, local government, regulation, urban identity politics and human agency.

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