State‑Society Relations in Uganda: The Search for Security, Development and State Legitimacy

New Issue in Security #3

By Jordan Guthrie
January 2009
ISBN: 978-1-896440-58-3
$15.00 CDN (plus S&H)

This monograph approaches conflict in northern Uganda within its broader historical context, shedding light on important dynamics of state-society relations and avenues for improving contemporary approaches to conflict resolution and development in Uganda and other post-colonial states. By examining colonial state formation in Uganda, this analysis locates the sources of contemporary conflict in the deeply entrenched problems stemming from historical deficits of state legitimacy and the concomitant realities facing leaders of weak states. By 'bringing the state back' into the analysis of conflict in Uganda, important insights are gained into current debates on security, neo-liberal reforms, governance and sustainable development in Africa.

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