We are not the president’s ‘yes’ men and women: How legislative budget scrutiny improved in Uganda

André Loozekoot*

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Abstract

This paper seeks to identify the factors that explain how members of parliament improved budget scrutiny using unique empirical data collected in Uganda. Two instances are studied that mark the improvements. First, the 2001 Budget Act that established the Parliamentary Budget Committee with large competencies for African standards. Second, the change in the 2012 Health Budget, a rare instance when parliament made significant budget amendments. The analysis reveals that political entrepreneurs used a window of opportunity to build a coalition for change. The window of opportunity opened at an event organised by civil society. The process that followed improved legislative budget scrutiny in a country with strong executive systems and strong patronage. Two factors have proven influential that are understudied in the current literature, civil society and female members of parliament.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-265
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Legislative Studies
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2021

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