Ethnicity, State Power and the Democratisation Process in Uganda


This paper critically reviews the impact of ethnicity on the democratization process in Uganda from colonialism to the present. The paper is divided into four parts. Part one is a theoretical overview of the issues of ethnicity and democratization. Part two examines the nature of ethnicity construction and expression in the colonial period. Part three looks at the post-colonial political practices and their enhancement of ethnicity in Uganda. Part four discusses the possibility of deconstruction of ethnicity through democratization and the 'no-party movement' system. In conclusion, the contention is that there is a need to understand the substantive underlying political, economic and social configurations that enhance ethnicity rather than denouncing them.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Uppsala
Publication year:
  • 2002


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