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Decentralization and development in contemporary Uganda

Green, Elliott ORCID: 0000-0002-0942-5756 (2015) Decentralization and development in contemporary Uganda. Regional and Federal Studies, 25 (5). pp. 491-508. ISSN 1359-7566

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13597566.2015.1114925


There has long been an emphasis on the importance of decentralization in providing better quality public services in the developing world. In order to assess the effectiveness of decentralization I examine here the case study of Uganda, which has seen major decentralization of power over the last quarter-century. In particular the current government has introduced a five-tiered local government structure, decentralized both fiscal and political power to local governments and introduced regular local government elections. However, initial excitement about Uganda's decentralization programme has tapered off in recent years due to a number of problems outlined here. In particular, I show that decentralization in Uganda has suffered from a lack of independence from central government control, which has led to a lack of effectiveness in the provision of high quality public goods.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 11:32
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:07

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