Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Measurement of the Enabling Developmental Environment: A Comparative Study in a Developing Region
Issue: Vol. 10, No 4, 2017
Published date: 12-2017 (print) / 12-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Daniel Francois Meyer
North-West University

Jan Roan Neethling
North-West University
Keywords: Local economic development, enabling environment, South Africa
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-4/6
Index PUBMS: 2cbd6bdb-f8f9-11e7-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 67-82 (16)
JEL classification: H70, O10

Development of a region is influenced by the way in which local government develops and implements its policy on the creation of enabling environment for businesses to prosper. The enabling development environment focuses on the role of government in providing the foundation for economic development. The total of 12 enabling development factors were identified, including such factors as the formation of partnerships and leadership. Quantitative research design was used in this study by means of primary data collection via survey in the Sedibeng District Municipal region, South Africa. This region includes three municipalities. The survey was completed in 2016, and the data was analysed using SPSS, descriptive and frequency distribution analyses. The total of 200 business owners were interviewed in this region. From the empirical results obtained in the survey found that the local municipality with the best performance in service delivery as well as in the creation of enabling environment has a significant impact on the overall development of the region. The study thus concludes that if an enabling environment is created, it should have a significant impact on the overall economic development of a region.


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