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Title:Museveni and the 2011 Ugandan election: did the money matter?
Authors:Conroy-Krutz, Jeffrey
Logan, CarolynISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:presidential elections
Abstract:In February 2011, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni resoundingly won re-election. In the aftermath of the vote, which many had predicted would be competitive, analysts and opposition supporters ascribed Museveni's victory to massive pre-election spending on public goods, creation of new administrative districts, and vote buying. While the opposition could not compete with Museveni and his National Resistance Movement in access to resources, analyses of survey data from two pre-election surveys, conducted by Afrobarometer in November/December 2010 and January 2011, and a pre- and post-election panel study find little evidence that Museveni benefited significantly from public goods outlays, district creation, and vote buying. Additionally, there is little evidence that fear and intimidation were responsible for the results. Instead, the data suggest that Museveni's re-election was driven by an uninspiring opposition slate, widespread satisfaction with macroeconomic growth, and an improved security situation, particularly in the Northern Region. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]