This paper looks at the issues we need to consider in assessing whether people who work and live informally are able to act as democratic citizens by using the rights that they are granted by the constitution. It will examine what the literature says about some of these questions, as well as South African experiences. Its purpose is to identify the gaps in the literature and our experience in the field that need to be filled by future research if we are to gain an adequate understanding of the exercise of citizenship through collective action among people living under conditions of informality.
Policy Issues and Actors, 16(4) Centre for Policy Studies: Johannesburg, South Africa, ISBN 1-919708-68-5, 22 pp.
Programme 2: Mobilising Public Action. Dilemmas of collective action in the informal economy: How the other quarter lives?