PANEL 5.10

Ethiopian Federalism: Twenty Years After

Coordination:
Dr. Asnake Kefale, Addis Ababa University , Ethiopia;
Dr. Lovise Aalen, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway.

When federalism was introduced at the beginning of the 1990s, it was deeply controversial. The new rulers anticipated that it would mitigate ethnic tension and sustain unity, while its opponents saw it as a recipe for state disintegration. After 20 years, Ethiopia is still holding together and is in a state of relative stability. There are, however, challenges towards ensuring equitable regional economic development, genuine devolution of central power, and space for political pluralism. Although the EPRDF continues to promote identity based federalism, its emphasis has now moved from “liberation of the nationalities” to that of “national development”, “renaissance” and perhaps “national integration”. This goes together with its new focus on “democratic developmentalism,” where the aim of creating national economic growth appears to have a first priority.
In this panel, we would like to address the overall question – in what direction has federalism in Ethiopia developed during its twenty years of implementation? How should the development of federalism in Ethiopia be examined? We are inviting contributions across disciplines and practitioners in Ethiopia to critically explore the economic, political and social aspects of implementing federalism – and which reflect developments at national and/or at local levels. We are particularly inviting papers based on empirical case studies, which look into the possible tension between the national political aims of integration and economic growth and the concerns for genuine self-determination for ethnic groups in the country.

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SELECTED PAPERS

Dr.

AALEN Lovise

Negotiating federalism and developmentalism in Ethiopia: The impacts of the ‘democratic developmental state’ for ethnic autonomy and federal development

Dr

ASNAKE KEFALE

The City of Dire Dawa: Negotiating Governance and Identity in Ethiopia’s Ethnic Federation

Dr.

ASSEFA FISEHA

Ethiopia’s Experiment in Accommodating Diversity: 20 Years Balance Sheet

Mr

DESALEGN AMSALU

Local federalism, ethnic dismemberment, and de(con)struction of traditional amity: the case of the Awi and the Gumuz

Mrs

JOSSE-DURAND Chloé

Understanding Current Ethnic Federalism's Issues regarding to Heritage : the case-study of the Konso Museum, Ethiopia's First Single-ethnic Museum

Mr

KETEMA WAKJIRA

Federalism and Urbanization: Vitalizing Inter-municipal Relations between Addis Ababa and Neighboring Towns of Oromia

Prof.

MARKAKIS John

Federalism and State Building in the Horn

Dr.

SOLOMON NEGUSSIIE

The Trend of Fiscal Arrangement in Ethiopia: Observations on Current Practices and Identifying Some Future Concerns

Dr

VAN DER BEKEN Christophe

Constitutional Accommodation of Ethnic Pluralism at the Regional Level: the Case of Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region

Dr

VAUGHAN Sarah

“Centralised decentralization”? Balancing wereda and kilil in patterns of deconcentration and devolution under Ethiopia’s federal “developmental state”

Dr.

ZAHORIK Jan

"Sovietization" of the Ethiopian Federalism: where theory does not meet practice

Dr

ZERIHUN MOHAMMED

"Local Identity Negotiation Vs National Structure of Ethnic Federalism: The case of Arsi Oromo and the Sidama "

PAPER SUBMISSION

Authors are advised to submit their paper to the Organizing Committee
before September 30, 2012
.

Papers will be published as pre-proceedings on the website, under each panel section.

Papers should be limited to ca. 5000 words or 30,000 signs (including spaces).

Papers have to be submitted online, by uploading under each panel section (go to the page of the panel in which your paper is selected and upload your text).

Papers can also be sent to the Organizing Committee (organization@ices18.org) with specification of panel number.

Submitted papers will be directly transmitted to the panel organizers and published online after approval by the panel organizers.

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