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Electricity in Africa: the politics of transformation in Uganda

Electricity in Africa: the politics of transformation in Uganda COMMONWEALTH & COMPARATIVE POLITICS 2018, VOL. 56, NO. 4, 559–571 BOOK REVIEWS Electricity in Africa: the politics of transformation in Uganda,by Christopher D. Gore, Woodbridge, James Currey, 2017, xiii + 186 pp., £20 (paperback), ISBN 9781847011688 The construction of the Bujagali dam near the source of the river Nile in Uganda was a very long process. Even if the government was seemingly committed to implementing electricity sector reforms and constructing the dam, Ugandans suffered under high prices for power and frequent load-shedding well in to the 2000s. The costs of constructing Bujagali still emerge as in issue in the media, with stories about how the government has to take up loans to repay old loans for the dam. A focus on Uganda’s electricity sector is therefore both timely and important, and Gore offers a well-researched, thorough and intriguing analysis of the processes that led to faltering reforms and outcomes. With a focus on gov- ernment-World Bank relations, Gore contributes to our knowledge on electricity sector reforms in Uganda and sub-Saharan Africa. He also offers insights into the many dilemmas expressed in the very long-running debates on large dam construction. Gore wants to understand better the complex nexus of government, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics Taylor & Francis

Electricity in Africa: the politics of transformation in Uganda

Electricity in Africa: the politics of transformation in Uganda

Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics , Volume 56 (4): 3 – Oct 2, 2018

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COMMONWEALTH & COMPARATIVE POLITICS 2018, VOL. 56, NO. 4, 559–571 BOOK REVIEWS Electricity in Africa: the politics of transformation in Uganda,by Christopher D. Gore, Woodbridge, James Currey, 2017, xiii + 186 pp., £20 (paperback), ISBN 9781847011688 The construction of the Bujagali dam near the source of the river Nile in Uganda was a very long process. Even if the government was seemingly committed to implementing electricity sector reforms and constructing the dam, Ugandans suffered under high prices for power and frequent load-shedding well in to the 2000s. The costs of constructing Bujagali still emerge as in issue in the media, with stories about how the government has to take up loans to repay old loans for the dam. A focus on Uganda’s electricity sector is therefore both timely and important, and Gore offers a well-researched, thorough and intriguing analysis of the processes that led to faltering reforms and outcomes. With a focus on gov- ernment-World Bank relations, Gore contributes to our knowledge on electricity sector reforms in Uganda and sub-Saharan Africa. He also offers insights into the many dilemmas expressed in the very long-running debates on large dam construction. Gore wants to understand better the complex nexus of government,

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2018 Anne Mette Kjær
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1743-9094
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1466-2043
DOI
10.1080/14662043.2018.1516525
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COMMONWEALTH & COMPARATIVE POLITICS 2018, VOL. 56, NO. 4, 559–571 BOOK REVIEWS Electricity in Africa: the politics of transformation in Uganda,by Christopher D. Gore, Woodbridge, James Currey, 2017, xiii + 186 pp., £20 (paperback), ISBN 9781847011688 The construction of the Bujagali dam near the source of the river Nile in Uganda was a very long process. Even if the government was seemingly committed to implementing electricity sector reforms and constructing the dam, Ugandans suffered under high prices for power and frequent load-shedding well in to the 2000s. The costs of constructing Bujagali still emerge as in issue in the media, with stories about how the government has to take up loans to repay old loans for the dam. A focus on Uganda’s electricity sector is therefore both timely and important, and Gore offers a well-researched, thorough and intriguing analysis of the processes that led to faltering reforms and outcomes. With a focus on gov- ernment-World Bank relations, Gore contributes to our knowledge on electricity sector reforms in Uganda and sub-Saharan Africa. He also offers insights into the many dilemmas expressed in the very long-running debates on large dam construction. Gore wants to understand better the complex nexus of government,

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Published: Oct 2, 2018

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