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“Disabling governance: privatization of city markets and implications for vendors’ associations in Kampala, Uganda”
The Nordic Africa Institute.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2009 (English)In: Habitat International, ISSN 0197-3975, Vol. 33, no 4, 397-404 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary international models of governance prescribe the devolution of service provision to a range of non-state actors and the adoption of market-oriented policies. This paper explores the politics that have arisen from changes in the governance framework in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The focus is on the privatisation of the management of city markets and on the relations between the multiple actors involved—private contractors, vendors’ associations, cooperatives and state actors. In particular, the paper looks into the implications of the privatisation process for vendors and their associations. It argues that, while the latter have sometimes adjusted to the changes by turning into cooperative societies or creating their own management firms, increasingly, however, private interests external to the markets are taking over the management functions, sidelining or even repressing, vendors’ associations. The general picture is one of weakening associations and endangered possibilities for broad-based organising and interest representation.

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2009. Vol. 33, no 4, 397-404 p.
Keyword [en]
Privatisation; Civil society; Informal sector; Associations; Kampala
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36021DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2008.12.001ISI: 000267649500011OAI: diva2:288575
Available from: 2010-01-21 Created: 2010-01-21 Last updated: 2010-12-02Bibliographically approved

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