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Mahmood Mamdani. Scholars in the Marketplace: The Dilemmas of Neo-Lib-
eral Reform at Makerere University, 1989–2005. Dakar: CODESRIA, 2007. Dis-
tributed in the U.S. by Michigan State University Press. xvi + 296 pp. Tables. Notes.
Selected Bibliography. Index. $24.95. Paper.

In 1999 a World Bank report lauded reforms at Makerere University as a
“quiet revolution.” Mahmood Mamdani disagrees. After analyzing internal
documents and interviewing staff, he condemns Makerere’s embrace of a
crudely defined “market” as mere “commercialization” encouraged by a
government eager to abandon its own responsibility for public higher edu-
cation. “Vocational” programs proliferate for which Makerere lacks both
space and qualified staff. Mamdani calls for a genuine revolution: shift-
ing “vocational” courses to community colleges and making Makerere a
research university serving national needs. While peculiar to Makerere in
its details, this study may provide insights to managers and staff in other
African universities.
     Mamdani convicts Makerere’s leaders of destroying the devotion to aca-
demic excellence that survived tyrannies and wars in the 1970s and 1980s by
capitulating to the World Bank in the 1990s. He is uniquely qualified for his
task: at once an insider (a former staff member) and an outsider (a profes-
sor at Columbia University). Working with Makerere colleagues who had
access to vast quantities of data unavailable to outsiders, he remained free
of the all
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