The Decentralization Debate: The World Bank Study on Sao Paulo

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The World Bank has increasingly been drawn into controversies surrounding policies for restraining the growth of major urban centres and/or fostering the expansion of secondary cities in the developing world. To provide a sounder basis for policy making the Bank has launched several research programmes to understand the forces involved in urban growth across all cities in a region and the policies influencing this process. The present paper provides a synthesis of writings which have emanated from the research undertaken in Sao Paulo, Brazil, offering a comparative perspective on the decentralization debates currently raging in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopment Southern Africa
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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