Diversity and democracy in Ethiopia

Diversity and democracy in Ethiopia

Author: 
Alemseged, Abbay
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
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Journal of Eastern African Studies
Source: 
Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, March 2009, pp. 175-201
Abstract: 

This paper, which sees democracy as an incremental habituation of a political culture that societies with modern economy entertain, argues that Ethiopia's current politics can only be understood as a transition from a totalitarian to a democratic culture. However, the transition to full-fledged liberal democracy is struggling to overcome two hurdles: the absence of a formidable middle class and the prevalence of a tenuous national identity. Even if liberal democracy appears a distant dream, the current hybrid political culture will not allow the country to backpedal to a blatant authoritarianism. The political culture, which is undergoing a permanent change, is en route to liberal democracy, albeit incrementally.

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CITATION: Alemseged, Abbay. Diversity and democracy in Ethiopia . : Taylor & Francis , . Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, March 2009, pp. 175-201 - Available at: http://library.au.int/diversity-and-democracy-ethiopia-3