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The impact of industrial decentralisation policy: The businessman’s view

MS Addleson, F Pretorius, R Tomlinson

South African Geographical Journal | Published : 1985


The 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 deci..

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