How does mass participation affect political culture in countries undergoing political transition? Distrusting Democrats examines the consequences of citizen involvement in Uganda, one of a growing number of countries employing the participatory model of constitutional reform. Contrary to predictions, author Devra Moehler finds that participation contributes to the creation of "distrusting democrats": citizens who are democratic in their attitudes, but suspicious of their governmental institutions in practice. Moehler argues that participation in developing democracies gives citizens new tools with which to evaluate their imperfectly-performing institutions. Participation raises democratic expectations and alerts citizens to existing democratic deficits. The general implications for constitution-building countries are clear: short-term risks of disillusionment and instability; and long-term advantages from a more sophisticated citizenry capable of monitoring leaders and promoting political development.
Moehler's analysis is based on in-depth interviews, archival research, and a national random-sample survey of 820 Ugandan citizens.
"A gem. This book shows that political participation breeds critical citizenship. A timely reminder that successful democratization must be homegrown."
-Michael Bratton, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
"Moehler draws on extensive original data to make a novel argument about the impact of political participation on democratic attitudes."
-Daniel N. Posner, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the UCLA Global Fellows Program, University of California, Los Angeles
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Table of Contents
List of Figures vii
List of Tables ix
Introduction: Participation and Distrusting Democrats 1
Prospects and Pitfalls of Participation 12
Ugandan History and the Constitution-Making Process 41
Changing Attitudes 85
Creating Informed Distrusting Democrats 123
Constructing Constitutional Support 143
Participation, Constitution Making, and Democracy 181
Sampling Methodology and Survey Design 207
Variable Names, Question Wordings, and Descriptors 209
First-Stage Equation Estimates for 2SLS Models 215