No-party Democracy?

No-party Democracy? : Ugandan Politics in Comparative Perspective

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Are political parties an essential element of democracy? Or can a no-party system constitute a viable democratic alternative? Giovanni Carbone examines the politics of Museveni's Uganda to illustrate the achievements, contradictions, and limitations of participatory politics in the absence of partisan organizations. At a time when multiparty reforms were sweeping the globe, Uganda opted for a controversial, no-party democratic model. The country's politics over the past two decades thus provide an extraordinary opportunity for addressing the many questions - theoretical, empirical, and comparative - that the notion of a no-party system of elected government raises. Carbone's analysis of how a no-party electoral regime actually works (or doesn't) in Uganda fills a gap in both democracy studies and the study of African politics. This book draws on the Ugandan experience to illustrate the achievements, contradictions, and limitations of a no-party system of elected government.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 20mm | 498.95g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • maps.
  • 1588266303
  • 9781588266309
  • 2,411,765

Table of contents

No-Party Democracy.; Building a No-Party State in Uganda.; The Political Economy of Support for the New Regime.; Museveni's Political Trajectory.; The Movement: A Partisan Organization in Disguise.; The State of the Old Parties in a No-Party State.; The Electoral Politics of No-Partyism.; The Parliamentary Politics of No-Partyism.; The Demise of a Democratic Model.show more

About Giovanni Carbone

Giovanni Carbone is lecturer in political science in the Dipartimento di Studi Sociali e Politici of the Universita degli Studi di Milano, as well as visiting fellow in the Development Research Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science.show more

Review quote

"This fair and lively appraisal offers a comprehensive review of President Museveni's attempt to replace political parties in Uganda with a 'no party' system." - Oliver Furley, Coventry University"show more