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Political capabilities for democratisation in Uganda : good governance or popular organisation building?

King, Sophie 2015, 'Political capabilities for democratisation in Uganda : good governance or popular organisation building?' , Third World Quarterly, 36 (4) , pp. 741-757.

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Abstract

Opinion is divided about the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to enhance the political capabilities of disadvantaged groups in neopatrimonial contexts, and particularly through a hegemonic paradigm which seeks to advance poverty reduction through good governance. Drawing on a qualitative study of CSOs in western Uganda, this paper argues that strategies focused on increasing the participation of rural citizens in formal decentralised planning spaces may be less effective in enhancing their political capabilities than those facilitating social mobilisation through the formation of producer groups and federations. This has important implications for thinking and practice around popular empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Third World Quarterly
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0143-6597
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Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Depositing User: Dr Sophie King
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 10:40
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39342

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