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Article: The Impact of Industrial Decentralisation Policy: The Businessman's View

TitleThe Impact of Industrial Decentralisation Policy: The Businessman's View
Authors
Issue Date1985
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=rsag20
Citation
South African Geographical Journal, 1985, v. 67 n. 2, p. 179-200 How to Cite?
AbstractThe responses to a postal survey by 81 industrialists located in the homelands are analysed. South Africa’s industrial decentralisation policy has been criticised on many grounds. Questioning the efficiency of the policy in terms of forgone growth and employment opportunities, information was sought from businessmen: particularly with regard to their motives for decentralising and their experiences. The underlying rationale being that the profitability of decentralised firms provides a means of assessing allocative efficiency. The nature of the sample dictates a simple tabulation of responses. These reveal a high degree of dependence on decentralisation incentives both in respect of the decision to decentralise and in terms of maintaining companies ‘profitability’. Some of the difficulties experienced by industrialists at their decentralised locations are examined. The importance of the incentives, particularly short term ones, calls into question the prospects for self-sustaining growth of the decentralised industrial base and its stability over time. Also implied are the adverse effects of the policy on growth and employment opportunities in general.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/196127

 

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dc.contributor.authorAddleson, MSen_US
dc.contributor.authorPretorius, FIHen_US
dc.contributor.authorTomlinson, Ren_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-28T07:40:27Z-
dc.date.available2014-03-28T07:40:27Z-
dc.date.issued1985en_US
dc.identifier.citationSouth African Geographical Journal, 1985, v. 67 n. 2, p. 179-200en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/196127-
dc.description.abstractThe responses to a postal survey by 81 industrialists located in the homelands are analysed. South Africa’s industrial decentralisation policy has been criticised on many grounds. Questioning the efficiency of the policy in terms of forgone growth and employment opportunities, information was sought from businessmen: particularly with regard to their motives for decentralising and their experiences. The underlying rationale being that the profitability of decentralised firms provides a means of assessing allocative efficiency. The nature of the sample dictates a simple tabulation of responses. These reveal a high degree of dependence on decentralisation incentives both in respect of the decision to decentralise and in terms of maintaining companies ‘profitability’. Some of the difficulties experienced by industrialists at their decentralised locations are examined. The importance of the incentives, particularly short term ones, calls into question the prospects for self-sustaining growth of the decentralised industrial base and its stability over time. Also implied are the adverse effects of the policy on growth and employment opportunities in general.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=rsag20-
dc.relation.ispartofSouth African Geographical Journalen_US
dc.titleThe Impact of Industrial Decentralisation Policy: The Businessman's Viewen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailPretorius, FIH: fredpre@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityPretorius, FIH=rp01018en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03736245.1985.10559714-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-33645860302-
dc.identifier.volume67en_US
dc.identifier.spage179en_US
dc.identifier.epage200en_US

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