Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991089 Will Publish November 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991096 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Uganda

The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation

Edited by Jorg Wiegratz, Giuliano Martiniello, and Elisa Greco

Uganda

Edited by Jorg Wiegratz, Giuliano Martiniello, and Elisa Greco

Distributed for Zed Books

474 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781786991089 Will Publish November 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991096 Will Publish October 2018 For sale in North and South America only
For the last three decades, Uganda has been one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Globally praised as an “African success story” and heavily backed by international financial institutions, development agencies, and bilateral donors, the country has become an exemplar of economic and political reform for those who espouse a neoliberal model of development. The neoliberal policies and the resulting restructuring of the country have been accompanied by narratives of progress, prosperity, and modernization and justified in the name of development.

But this self-celebratory narrative, which is critiqued by many in Uganda, masks the disruptive social impact of these reforms and silences the complex and persistent crises resulting from neoliberal transformation. Bringing together a range of leading scholars on the country, this collection represents a timely contribution to the debate around the “New Uganda,” one which confronts the often sanitized and largely depoliticized accounts of the Museveni government and its proponents.

Harnessing a wealth of empirical materials, the contributors offer a critical, multi-disciplinary analysis of the unprecedented political, socio-economic, cultural, and ecological transformations brought about by neoliberal capitalist restructuring since the 1980s. The result is the most comprehensive collective study to date of a neoliberal market society in contemporary Africa, offering crucial insights for other countries in the Global South.
Review Quotes
J. Oloka-Onyango, Makerere University
“Convincingly demonstrates that Uganda’s three decades flirtation with Neoliberalism has had far-reaching consequences—from the environment, to religion, and even the performing arts. A provocative account of a phenomenon that has had a much wider impact than previously assumed.”
Alfredo Saad-Filho, SOAS University of London
“A fresh perspective on the political economy of development in a critically important African country. Bringing together an exceptionally strong group of contributors, this volume provides a comprehensive review of the neoliberalisation of Uganda. An indispensable volume.”
Yash Tandon, author of Trade is War: The West's War against the World
“This scholarly and well-researched book is a must read for all Ugandans and Africans. It exposes the fraud behind the neoliberal ideology that has confused policy making in Uganda.”
Raymond Bush, Leeds University
“An exemplary collection of essays. It packs an enormous punch of analytical heft in critiquing capitalist political economy in Uganda, and raises the bar as to how critical African studies can and should be assembled. A must read!”
Graham Harrison, University of Sheffield
“A definitive contribution both to our understanding of Uganda’s contemporary development and the mapping of actually existing neoliberalism. It is within the subject matter of this book that Uganda’s future prospects will be contested.”
Kean Birch, York University (Canada)
“The contributors to this excellent book highlight the diverse impacts of neoliberalism on the lived experiences of Ugandans since 1986, revealing how it has insinuated itself into every part of society. It’s rare to find such in-depth analyses.”
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