A diagnostic approach to intra-metropolitan spatial targeting: Evidence from Cape Town, South Africa

A diagnostic approach to intra-metropolitan spatial targeting: Evidence from Cape Town, South Africa

Author: 
Rabe, Claus
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2015
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McGraffin, Robert, jt. author
Crankshaw, Owen, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Development Southern Africa
Source: 
Development Southern Africa, Vol. 32, No. 6, November 2015, pp. 726-744
Abstract: 

This article ascribes poor returns from place-based economic policy to prevailing spatial norms and causal assumptions which continue to influence its deployment across South African cities. By elevating the local over the systemic as the cause of and solution to urban problems, spatial targeting in the telescopic mould gives rise to three forms of spatial bias which lock in suboptimal local outcomes and gradually undermine the resilience of the urban system. Place-based policy should instead be guided by a systemic and relational evaluation of local economic potentiality supported by data-driven planning tools. The article introduces one such tool developed by the City of Cape Town, focusing on its theoretical basis, initial findings and implications for intervention. We find that the tool represents a robust platform for policy-makers to make targeting decisions that are more evidence led and hence less arbitrary.

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CITATION: Rabe, Claus. A diagnostic approach to intra-metropolitan spatial targeting: Evidence from Cape Town, South Africa . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2015. Development Southern Africa, Vol. 32, No. 6, November 2015, pp. 726-744 - Available at: http://library.au.int/diagnostic-approach-intra-metropolitan-spatial-targeting-evidence-cape-town-south-africa-0