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The real challenge: confronting the neoliberal business culture in Uganda (and the structures that promote it)

Wiegratz, Jörg (2010) The real challenge: confronting the neoliberal business culture in Uganda (and the structures that promote it). University of Sheffield Department of Politics.

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Abstract

[First paragraph] In the debate about improving the livelihoods of rural communities in Uganda, the technocratic, political and economic elites, both domestic and foreign, urge the ‘commercialisation of the peasants’. They say that people need to produce more, and of better quality, to be more entrepreneurial and that they need better access to markets. While markets loom large in the neoliberal dogma of those who do the urging, the market they are thinking of is an abstract ideal. Donors, NGOs and government officials rarely talk about the realities of the market arena in present-day Uganda. Our research into rural markets in eastern Uganda reveals that malpractice was often a significant element of these markets. Extensive interviews in Kampala and in the districts of Mbale, Bududa, Manafwa and Sironko suggest that face-to-face rural trade practices have been characterised by higher levels of malpractice and a change in their form since the onset of the largely externally imposed economic reforms (liberalisation, deregulation and privatisation) of the late 1980s and 1990s.

Item Type: Other
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This article was published by The Uganda Record ("The effects of economic liberalization on Uganda‟, Vol. 1, No 65, 09.04.2010), and The Independent ("The neglected side of Uganda's liberal economic reforms‟, Issue 107, 16.-23.04.2010).
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Politics (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010 17:47
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Status: Published
Publisher: University of Sheffield Department of Politics
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10836

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