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Florence Kuteesa, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Alan Whitworth, and Tim Williamson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556229

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556229.001.0001

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Institutional and Political Dimensions of Economic Reform

Institutional and Political Dimensions of Economic Reform

(p.35) 2 Institutional and Political Dimensions of Economic Reform
Uganda's Economic Reforms

Emmanuel Tumusiime‐Mutebile

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides the institutional and political context for the technical reforms discussed in subsequent chapters. It summarizes the abortive attempts at reform of the Obote II government and discusses changes made by the NRM to the economic institutions it inherited in 1986. The long, heated debate over the direction of economic policy was resolved with the merger of the finance and planning ministries and the establishment of fiscal discipline in 1992. The critical role of the President in key economic decisions such as fiscal discipline, the commitment to poverty reduction, and the sale of Uganda Commercial Bank is highlighted. The role of Parliament has increased with the restoration of democracy. The chapter also examines how the finance and planning ministry became one of the strongest in Africa.

Keywords:   institutions, politics, fiscal discipline, democracy, finance ministry, planning

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