Catalogue


The politics of ethnicity in Ethiopia : actors, power and mobilisation under ethnic federalism /
by Lovise Aalen.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2011.
description
xiv, 214 p. : maps.
ISBN
9789004207295 (pbk. : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2011.
isbn
9789004207295 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: the limits of institutions in multiethnic societies -- 'National self-determination': federalism the Ethiopian way -- The historical trajectories of local ethnic polities: the Sidama and the Wolayta -- Ethnic politics in play: implementing self-determination in a South Ethiopian context -- Crafting ethnic politics: the formation of parties in Sidama and Wolayta -- Dealing with local minorities: the persistence of discriminatory practices under ethnic federalism -- Identities or resources at stake? controversies on national self-determination in Sidama and Wolayta -- Conclusion: the facets of ethnic federalism.
catalogue key
7862217
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Lovise Aalen Ph.D. (2008) in Political Science, University of Oslo, is Senior Researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway. She has published widely on the issues of democratisation, elections, ethnicity and federalism in Ethiopia, including Ethiopia since the Derg: A decade of Democratic Pretentions and Performance (co-editor; Zed Books 2002).
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title provides a detailed empirical study of Ethiopia's system of ethnic-based federalism which offers each ethnic group the right of self-determination.
Description for Reader
Political scientists, anthropologists, development practitioners, and policy makers dealing with multi-ethnic societies, federalism, ethnic conflict regulation, and the nature of ethnic identities. Africanists and readers of Ethiopian politics and societies.
Long Description
Most governments in Africa, seeing the political mobilisation of ethnicity as a threat, have rejected the use of ethnic differences as an explicit basis for political representation. The one prominent exception is Ethiopia, which since 1991 has imposed a system of ethnic-based federalism that offers each ethnic group the right of 'self-determination'. This book provides a detailed empirical study of this system at work in the complex multiethnic environment of southern Ethiopia. It finds that ethnic self-rule, in combination with the power politics of an authoritarian regime, has produced both intended and unintended outcomes. While arguably easing large-scale ethnic conflicts, it has led to 'ethnicisation' of local socioeconomic disputes and to sharper inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic divides, often to the disadvantage of historically marginalised groups.
Long Description
Most governments in Africa, seeing the political mobilisation of ethnicity as a threat, have rejected the use of ethnic differences as an explicit basis for political representation. The one prominent exception is Ethiopia, which since 1991 has imposed a system of ethnic-based federalism that offers each ethnic group the right of ‘self-determination’. This book provides a detailed empirical study of this system at work in the complex multiethnic environment of southern Ethiopia. It finds that ethnic self-rule, in combination with the power politics of an authoritarian regime, has produced both intended and unintended outcomes. While arguably easing large-scale ethnic conflicts, it has led to ‘ethnicisation’ of local socioeconomic disputes and to sharper inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic divides, often to the disadvantage of historically marginalised groups.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Selected Glossaryp. xiii
List of Maps and Tablesp. xv
Introduction: The Limits of Institutions in Multiethnic Societiesp. 1
'National Self-Determination': Federalism the Ethiopian Wayp. 25
The Historical Trajectories of Local Ethnic Polities: The Sidama and the Wolaytap. 55
Ethnic Politics in Play: Implementing Self-Determination in a South Ethiopian Contextp. 95
Crafting Ethnic Politics: The Formation of Parties in Sidama and Wolaytap. 109
Dealing with Local Minorities: The Persistence of Discriminatory Practices under Ethnic Federalismp. 127
Identities or Resources at Stake? Controversies on National Self-Determination in Sidama and Wolaytap. 147
Conclusion: The Facets of Ethnic Federalismp. 179
Referencesp. 195
Indexp. 203
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem