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Museveni's Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime. Aili Mari Tripp

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Exploring Ugandan politics since 1986, Tripp focuses on the complex connections among Museveni's economic and political reforms, his wars in the north and in Congo, the key roles of international donors and the institutional changes that have defined his presidency.
Paperback, 225 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by Lynne Rienner Publishers (first published June 28th 2010)
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Samir Salifou
Mar 27, 2014 Samir Salifou rated it liked it
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Museveni’s Uganda: Paradox of Power in a Hybrid Regime is aptly titled. The author, Aili Mari Tripp, takes her readers on a journey through Ugandan history in an attempt to understand how Uganda, and by extension other African nations, have transitioned from autocracies to what she calls “semiauthoritarian regimes”. In doing so, she examines the institutional design in Uganda by trying to understand what motivated its president, Yoweri Museveni, to want to move toward a democratic regime without ...more
Cory
Oct 16, 2014 Cory rated it liked it
There are a number of things to like and a number to dislike about this book.

The good:
Tripp starts off with what I feel is a very mature question--given the institutional constraints of Ugandan politics, could any leaders have done "better" (been less authoritarian) than Museveni? In an age where we moralize politics, this is quite important.

I, as a layperson, found her discussion of Uganda's intervention in the DRC (along with Rwanda) and the myriad rebel groups fascinating. It really hit home
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Dylan Groves
Feb 22, 2015 Dylan Groves rated it liked it
three takeaways:

1 - paradoxes of power - lots of good things also fuel authoritarian impulses (economic growth excuses clamp-downs on dissent, multipartyism was a quid pro quo for undoing term limits)

2 - hybrid regime - uganda is semi-authoritarian. there are elections, some sense of judicial independence, and limited freedom of press. But no one would reasonably expect museveni to give up power.

3 - its complicated - the most dangerous challenges to NRM are probably from within. Museveni worries
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Teo
Dec 24, 2015 Teo rated it really liked it
A solid work of political science on the Museveni regime, although the content is sometimes repetitive. The writing is, like most political science, clear but on the dry side. The sections on Uganda offer much more than the sections that talk about sub-Saharan Africa in general. A good read for those hoping to understand in more depth the motivations that shape Ugandan domestic and foreign policy, but not for the casual reader.
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