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Between Militarism and Technocratic Governance: State Formation in Contemporary Uganda
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

State-civil society relations in Africa have during recent decades been transformed in the context of economic liberalisation and state reform. This study explores state-civil society relations in contemporary Uganda, from 1986 to the present, in order to illustrate and explain the scope for and capacity of different social forces to create access to and democratise the state. The study interrogates state-civil society relations under the present National Resistance Movement government as these are expressed through forms of interest representation and conflict regulation in different political arenas. It analyses the theoretical problem through an empirical study of the health sector at both national and local levels.

Changes in the health regime - the rules and practices that regulate health politics - are analysed by a historical reconstruction of how different health regimes evolved from demands from social forces on the colonial and post- colonial state, in relation to broader patterns of political change. The ruling political coalition from 1986 has promoted a model for capitalist development based on donor-driven economic growth, institutional reform and political monopoly – what is referred to in the study as technocratic governance.

Throughout, however, the technocratic tendency has been shaped in relation to the political economy of militarism as a more openly repressive form of authoritarian rule. The study argues that limits to democratisation of state- society relations within the health sector and of Ugandan politics at large are best explained by relations of domination in society, within the state and among external political forces. The main finding is that democratisation of the state has been resisted by ruling groups, and therefore restricted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen , 2007.
Stockholm studies in politics, ISSN 0346-6620 ; 0346-6620
Keyword [en]
state formation, civil society, militarism, governance, regimes, informalisation, public sector reform, health care, local politics, Masaka, Uganda
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6796ISBN: 91-7155-430-7OAI: diva2:197064
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2007-06-08, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 8 C, Stockholm, 13:00
Available from: 2007-05-18 Created: 2007-05-18Bibliographically approved

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