Patronage and the Politics of District/City Creation in Uganda

  • Pius GumisirizaEmail author
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Patronage is defined in this entry as mutual exchanges between a patron(s) who constitutes the source of one side of the exchange and clients who also constitute the source of exchanges on the other side. In the context of this entry, the politicians are the patrons who promise or hand out districts/cities to clients who may be community members or voter in exchange for votes or support. Politics is defined in this entry as how power or entrust authority is exercised in a society or country. District is defined in this entry as a specific area of jurisdiction specifically marked off for administrative, electoral, and other purposes in a country. A city is defined here as an urban settlement with over 400,000 inhabitants under one authority as one of its many defining features.


The Constitution of Uganda 1995 clearly indicates that parliament can authorize the creation of new districts out...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public Policy and GovernanceUganda Management InstituteKampalaUganda