The politics of oil in Uganda

This briefing documents the evolution of Uganda’s nascent oil sector, and assesses its potential consequences. In the Ugandan context, the current debate over ‘resource boom’ versus ‘resource curse’ may be misplaced, or at least premature. Given the complexities involved in developing an entirely new extraction and transportation infrastructure for Uganda’s oil, production is likely to come on stream very gradually, producing only a series of incremental changes. A more intriguing feature of the ongoing machinations over oil is what they reveal about the nature of the contemporary Ugandan State. In particular, recent developments highlight two themes: the increasingly autocratic nature of Museveni’s rule and his militarization of western Uganda. They also expose the tensions that exist between these tendencies, and the emergence of a growing body of young, independent-minded government MPs – itself a product of the President’s long-standing policy of decentralization. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title:The politics of oil in Uganda
Author: Vokes, Richard
Year:2012
Periodical: African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Volume:111
Issue:443
Pages:303-314
Language:English
Geographic term:Uganda
External link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4B77B0BA6823530F889A
Abstract:This briefing documents the evolution of Uganda’s nascent oil sector, and assesses its potential consequences. In the Ugandan context, the current debate over ‘resource boom’ versus ‘resource curse’ may be misplaced, or at least premature. Given the complexities involved in developing an entirely new extraction and transportation infrastructure for Uganda’s oil, production is likely to come on stream very gradually, producing only a series of incremental changes. A more intriguing feature of the ongoing machinations over oil is what they reveal about the nature of the contemporary Ugandan State. In particular, recent developments highlight two themes: the increasingly autocratic nature of Museveni’s rule and his militarization of western Uganda. They also expose the tensions that exist between these tendencies, and the emergence of a growing body of young, independent-minded government MPs – itself a product of the President’s long-standing policy of decentralization. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]