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Hegemonic Global Influences on Service Delivery: A Theoretical Retreat

  • Hangwelani Hope MagidimishaEmail author
  • Lovemore Chipungu
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Abstract

This chapter presents and analyses key concepts and theories that contribute to the understanding of spatial inequality in human settlements. The concepts and theories used apply to both urban and rural environments since dynamics of inequality in South Africa prevail at and in different spatial levels—but more so, how they respond to global forces. Key theories that are considered in this chapter include theories of regional disequilibrium which argue that problems of inequality manifest themselves demographically and spatially, in some instances showing this diversity over regions. In this regard, spatial inequality can be analysed as a regional problem as well as a global problem. In addition, developmentalism theory and world system theory are also considered. They are also supported by theories of public service provision which in essence consider service provision from the perspective of the government. Theories of deprivation wrap up this chapter by bringing on boards deprivation as a major component associated with equality. Hence this chapter provides a comprehensive conceptualisation of service delivery thereby setting the stage for understanding dynamics in the South African context.

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  • Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lovemore Chipungu
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Kwazulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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