Ethnic Federalism: The Ethiopian Experience in Comparative Perspective

Ethnic Federalism: The Ethiopian Experience in Comparative Perspective

0.0 0
by David Turton
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

"The aim of this book is to bring a much needed comparative dimension to the discussion of Ethiopian federalism. Apart from giving close examination to aspects of the Ethiopian case, the book asks why the use of territorial decentralization to accommodate ethnic differences has been generally unpopular in Africa, while it is growing in popularity in the West." The… See more details below

Overview

"The aim of this book is to bring a much needed comparative dimension to the discussion of Ethiopian federalism. Apart from giving close examination to aspects of the Ethiopian case, the book asks why the use of territorial decentralization to accommodate ethnic differences has been generally unpopular in Africa, while it is growing in popularity in the West." The book includes case studies of Nigerian and Indian federalism and suggests how Ethiopia might learn from both the failures and successes of these older federations. In the light of these broader issues and cases, it identifies the main challenges facing Ethiopia over the next few years, as it struggles to bring political practice into line with constitutional theory, and thereby achieve a genuinely federal division of powers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The comparisons made are with Nigeria (the largest and longest, which survived the civil war involving Biafra) and India (linguistic-based). The book asserts Ethiopia's experiment has ensured peace and security for the great majority of the population - a success when considering the years of violence that preceded it. However, it is still not fully operational - the greatest risk of its failure is not because it is too ethnic, but because it is not sufficiently federal. - OXFAM DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES REVIEW ... the volume successfully gives insight into the experiment of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia and is relevant for scholars interested in institutional design in ethnically diverse societies. - Katherine Holden in JOURNAL OF PEACE RESEARCH ...a timely intervention. ... This collection of essays fruitfully examines the dynamics of Ethiopian ethnic federalism within a comparative conceptual framework. In particular, the Indian and Nigerian examples provide exceptionally useful insights and lessons for Ethiopia. - Abdi Ismail Samatar, University of Minnesota

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821416969
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Series:
Eastern African Studies Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >