Contemporary Issues Of Political Culture

It is an attitude that suggests a political naivety, a lack of understanding about the uncomfortable presence of the checks and balances that need to go alongside political leadership in a modern council. Scrutiny is absolutely a place for the political direction of the executive to be challenged – on the basis of evidence. Scrutiny is an inherently “political” space but it should not be overtly party political – it should provide the opportunity for different priorities and motivations for action to emerge and be discussed.

As a result there has been growing interest in alternative ways in which the distribution of resources may be justified in the region, beyond claims based on labour and production. James Ferguson has called for scholars to keep their ‘ears to the ground’ to listen to the way people in Southern Africa make alternative claims. This article attempts to meet this call More