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EPRDF’s State-building Approach: Responsive or Unresponsive?

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  • Fribourg : IFF, 2016
English State-building establishes state-nation (s) [the state that makes diversity and democracy possible] as opposed to nation-building [which urges to create one nation (nation-state) without due consideration of diversity]. Through the institutional, policy and politico-psychological innovations, state-building is geared to accommodate diversity and ensure democratic good governance. In this regard, federal governance has the potential to do so as it combines elements of shared-rule and regional self-rule. Since 1991, Ethiopia has been in the track of state-building project experimenting identity-based federal model on one hand and lavishly adding (un) responsive strategies. This paper argues responsive state-building strategies consolidate federal democracy; foster culture of accommodating and managing diversity; strengthens federal decentralization and resolves conflict in Ethiopia. To the contrary, the paper challenges any unresponsive state-building approach that emanate from government’s ideology, policy, practice on one hand and unconstitutional ways of peoples’ reaction to the state.
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Faculté de droit
Department
Institut du Fédéralisme
Language
  • English
Classification
Law
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  • IFF Working Paper Online ; 22
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CC BY
Open access status
gold
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https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/324252
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