An examination of the way in which the different spheres of government relate to each other and the South African governmentâ€™s quest to enhance effective and efficient service delivery. Uses four distinct approaches: constitutional/legal; democratic; financial; and normative/operational. Focuses on comparative intergovernmental relations (Botswana; Uganda; Ghana; UK and Germany) and provides practical steps for the promotion of well-grounded intergovernmental relations; sustainable capacity building and trustworthy political accountability. Includes case studies and questions. Aimed at students as well as practitioners.