Call for PHD Makerere

We hereby announce a vacant PhD position at Makerere University, to be closely at-tached to the research programme ‘Political settlements and revenue bargains in Africa: New policy priorities?’

About the Research Programme: This is a collaborative programme involving Makerere University; REPOA in Dar es Salaam and Aarhus University, Denmark, supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The PhD degree will be from Makerere University School of Law. The programme will also include a six- month stay at Aarhus University to attend PhD courses. The PhD programme will run from September 2016 to September 2019.

The focus: We focus on how governments collect taxes and get other sources of revenue, and we want to understand how different sources of revenue might affect governments’ spending priorities. Our overall question is: How do revenue pro-viders affect governments’ policy priorities? We build a theoretical framework on revenue bargains that considers the interests of both the incumbent rulers and reve-nue providers. This framework pays attention to the mechanisms and conditions by which revenue bargains affect policy priorities, and we work with a conceptualization of policy that can range from collective goods (public policies) to specific goods (e.g. patronage) as revenue bargains include negotiations over various benefit types. We examine specific cases of revenue bargains in Uganda and Tanzania such as between companies and governments; or between salary earners and taxpayer organisations and governments.

About the PhD research: To apply the PhD candidate should write a proposal of no more than five pages (2,500 words). This proposal must fit into the research ques-tion explained above. For instance, the PhD student can choose to trace revenue bar-gains historically between the government and specific interest groups; the PhD stu-dent may compare different cases of legislation with regard to taxing specific actors; or the student may want to explore how specific revenue providers may push for cer-tain types of policy spending. The deliverables of the PhD student will be a mono-graph or a series of articles uncovering cases of revenue bargains; cases of tax re-forms; or cases by which policy priorities change as a consequence of changes in revenue. The proposal must include: a clear purpose, a discussion of proposed meth-ods and theory, and a timeline (see below for more information). The PhD student will participate in annual workshops and carry out field research on an equal footing with senior researchers in the project.

Requirements: Ugandan citizen; MA in law, political science, economics or sociology. Not more than 40 years of age.

Deadline is: April 15 at noon – direct the application to Dr Bakibinga (e-mail see below) with Dr Kjær cc (see below).

For more information, please contact Dr Bakibinga (Makerere Univer-sity) Bakibinga,,; Dr Kangave,; or Dr Kjær (Aarhus University)

Kind regards

Anne Mette Kjær
Associate professor