Political Power And Ethnic Federalism

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After the collapse of the military regime in 1991, Ethiopia's successor state, which is led by the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has been faced with the task of putting democratic ideals into practice under conditions of great economic scarcity. Democracy, based on group rights, and decentralization of the country on ethno-lingual criteria are two ideals of the new federal constitution. Political Power and Democratization in Ethiopia examines the problems with Ethiopian democratization efforts and how these problems can be solved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761822387
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/30/2002
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Tesfaye teaches in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics at the California State University, Fresno.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Political Developments in the Ethiopian Transitional Process 2
Practical Challenges of Democratization 7
Political Power and Democratization 13
Ch. 2 Background to the Study 23
The Social Base of Power in African Democracy 24
Political and Economic Power in African Democracy 27
Political Power: Centralization and Decentralization 35
Ch. 3 Ethiopia: the Politics of Nationalism and Regionalization 51
The Ancien Regime and Absolutism 52
The Military Regime and Socialism 65
Emergence of the Transitional State 73
Ch. 4 Political Power and Ethnic Group Rights 93
Forces for Centralization and Decentralization 94
The New Economic Policy and Resource Distribution 109
Regional Autonomy and Fiscal Decentralization 116
Ch. 5 Ethnic Group Rights, Regionalization, and the Quest for Democracy 129
Group Rights and Territorial Decentralization 130
Decentralization and Resource Mobilization 139
Judicial Capacity and Decentralization 143
Ch. 6 Conclusion 153
Bibliography 173
Index 189
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