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UNU-WIDER WP/2012/51 Opposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda

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WP/051 Opposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda

Uganda, like other African countries, has implemented reforms to decentralize political authority to local governments and reintroduce multiparty elections. This combination creates opportunities for national partisan struggles to emerge in local arenas and influence local service delivery. This study explores how partisan politics affects urban service delivery in Uganda through an examination of service provision by Kampala City Council and recent reforms to recentralize control over Kampala. I find that partisan politics undermines service delivery Kampala in several ways, including through financing, tax policy, and even direct interference in the policies and decisions made by the city council.
WIDER Working Paper
WP/051 Opposition Politics and Urban Service Delivery in Kampala, Uganda
Gina M. S. Lambright
Publication date:
May 2012
ISBN 13 Web:
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decentralization; Africa; service delivery; multiparty elections
D72, H70, N47, O18
This study has been prepared within the UNU-WIDER project on Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in Africa, which is directed by Danielle Resnick and is a component of the larger UNU-WIDER programme ‘Foreign Aid: Research and Communication (ReCom)’. UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges specific programme contributions from the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida) and Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) for the Research and Communication (ReCom) programme. UNU-WIDER also acknowledges core financial support to UNU-WIDER’s work programme from the governments of Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), the United Kingdom (Department for International Development), and the governments of Denmark and Sweden.

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