Democracy deferred: understanding elections and the role of donors in Ethiopia

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Democracy deferred: understanding elections and the role of donors in Ethiopia

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Title: Democracy deferred: understanding elections and the role of donors in Ethiopia
Author: Abbink, G.J.
Journal Title: African dynamics
Start Page: 213
End Page: 239
Pages: 27
Publisher: Brill
Issue Date: 2011
Keywords: Ethiopia
democracy
development cooperation
elections
2010
Abstract: This chapter revisits the issue of elections and democracy in Africa, a theme that emerged as dominant in scholarly discussions in African Studies in the 1990s. The trigger for featuring Ethiopia as a case study was the May 2010 parliamentary elections when the incumbent party, which had been in power since 1991, took 99.6% of all the seats. While the various Ethiopian elections will not be discussed in detail, the political culture or wider context in which they occur - and always produce the same overall result - will be highlighted to demonstrate the enduring mechanisms and problems of hegemonic rule and how difficult it is to create a democratic system that allows for changes in power (i.e. alternation). The relationship between one-party rule and economic development will also be discussed - the latter being a donor obsession that clouds the political agenda. The chapter closes with some reflections on the recurring donor-country dilemmas when it comes to dealing with electoral autocracies, such as Ethiopia.
Editor(s): Abbink, G.J.
Bruijn, M.E. de
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/31868
urn:isbn:900421738X
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/31868
 

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