Rebecca Simson

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London School of Economics
Rebecca Simson

(Under)privileged bureaucrats?: The changing fortunes of public servants in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, 1960-2010

With the generous support of an EHS PhD bursary I was able to complete my PhD at the London School of Economics. My PhD examines public sector employment policies in postcolonial East Africa, using long-run data on public expenditure, employment and household income to understand how the public services in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda evolved between the 1960s and the present. The bursary also enabled me to develop two of my chapters into papers; one is currently under consideration by a journal and the second has been published as a working paper. I also used my final year of studies to present my findings at several conferences and seminars.