Myths and Realities in the Distribution of Socioeconomic Resources and Political Power in Ethiopia

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More often than not, the distribution of socioeconomic resources and political power in Ethiopia has been perceived in favor of the Amhara ethnic group. As a result, efforts to help the minority ethnic groups were supported by the invocation of subjective cultural attributes and sometimes, the manufacture of common historical experiences. After the collapse of the military regime, the present regime's misguided and divisive strategies sought to rectify what it believed to be a historically distorted distribution of resources and power in Ethiopia. This strategy led to the division of the country into "ethnic Bantustans" and hindered any real move towards development, democracy, and conflict resolution in Ethiopia. In this new work, author Kasahun Woldemariam argues that the Amhara were as excluded economically and politically as any other ethnic group in Ethiopia, and that the concept of Amhara domination is a myth. Working from an interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach, this book includes over twenty figures and tables on the regional distribution of revenue and expenditure, health and education, manufacturing industries, and parliamentary elections. It is an important resource for scholars and students of African politics and ethnic conflict analysis and resolution as well as policymakers worldwide and Ethiopians in Ethiopia and the Diaspora.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761833604
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kasahun Woldemariam is a Lecturer in the African Studies Department, Howard University, and Director of Academic Affairs and Curriculum Development for the organization Education for Everyone in Ethiopia. He received his Ph.D. in African Studies from Howard University and numerous awards, including research and teaching fellowships from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; Institute for the Study of World Politics, Washington, DC; and Howard University.

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Table of Contents

1 Dedication 2 List of Figures and Tables 3 Abbreviations 4 Preface 5 Acknowledgements 6 Introduction 7 The Nature and Resolution of Conflict 8 Political Market Liberalization 9 Socioeconomic Policies and Strategies 10 Inequity in the Distribution of Socioeconomic Resources 11 Sinking Ethnic Cleavages and Promoting Political Loyalty 12 Democratization with or without Substance 13 Institutional Reform and the Erosion of Public Confidence 14 Summary and Conclusion 15 Appendix 16 Glossary 17 Bibliography 18 Index 19 About the Author

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