n Journal of Public Administration - Assessing practical mechanisms and achievements for re-inventing local governments in Uganda

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Century-long theories on local governance demonstrate big achievements that range from efforts of improving efficiency and effectiveness in the local level service delivery to enormous participation and democratisation. Arguments of post-war reformers in the 1950s and relating to localists' hypotheses of the 1980s have indicated tremendous achievements in as far as attaining substantial local autonomy, pluralism and social- service provision are concerned.

The New Public Management approach, with a business customer service model, and the New Governance models, have had observable impacts on the local governments. Both local and central governments have been characterised by attempts to slow down government's growth in terms of overt public spending and staffing; shift towards privatisation, quasi-privatisation and away from core government institutions; renewed emphasis on 'subsidiarity' in service provision development of automation; and adopting a more international agenda on decision styles and intergovernmental cooperation. Participatory approaches in governance and democratisation through massive local pluralist elections and approaches towards local economic development are claims behind the current nature of developing countries' local politics. All these notwithstanding, observable trends indicate a possible stagnation of local governance in all spheres of local governance in Uganda. This paper therefore explores probable explanations for this phenomenon and suggests feasible solutions for re-shaping local service delivery approaches.

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