n Law, Democracy & Development - Chewing more than one can swallow : the creation of new districts in Uganda

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



Local government has become one of Uganda's iconic democratic symbols, especially because of the manner in which the process of decentralisation transfers powers and functions from central government to local government and promotes public participation at the lowest levels through established structures. Before 1993, when decentralisation was established as a presidential policy, local administration structures represented state autocracy and central government hegemony. In response to this, the post-1993 decentralisation programme made local government the epitome of democracy in Uganda.

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