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Title:Between the market and the state: the capacity of business associations for policy engagement in Uganda
Authors:Kuteesa, Annette
Mawejje, Joseph
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:private enterprises
employers' associations
State-society relationship
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X16000598
Abstract:This study assesses the capabilities of business associations for conducting meaningful policy engagements with government. Using information from 21 associations and five state institutions, this work investigates the level of autonomy and ability of business associations to coordinate and order their interests for policy decision-making. Findings reveal that the ability to organise an association's own interests is hindered by weak systems and internal structures, especially at sub-sector level. Most associations are financially weak, have limited professional expertise and experience a low level of commitment from members, which affects their capacity for autonomy. It is important that business associations create regulations to make membership ties binding, so as to strengthen their influence on policy. Associations should also be more aggressive in mobilising finances, and they should identify synergies and develop partnerships with the state to build their capacity for participating in policy-making. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]