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Title:Just another change of guard? Broad-based politics and civil war in Museveni's Uganda
Author:Lindemann, StefanISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 0001-9909)
Volume:110
Issue:440
Pages:387-416
Language:English
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:political elite
power-sharing
ethnicity
civil wars
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=471E92FC77E2F9ECD6B7
Abstract:Though peace and a new inclusive form of politics were promised, Museveni's Uganda has been plagued by a series of civil wars. This article explains the continuation of and propensity towards conflict by focusing on the country's 'elite bargain', defined as the distribution of positions of State power between contending social groups. Analysing Uganda's elite bargain in terms of political, economic, military, and territorial power sharing, the article argues that it has been only partially inclusive. Political, military, and economic power have remained ethnically biased in favour of groups from western and central Uganda, and this in turn has been a major driver of recurrent civil wars. Increased territorial power sharing since the late 1990s helps explain the recent decline in violent conflict, and may also help prevent new civil wars. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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