Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia
A Comparative Regional Study
Routledge – 2014 – 218 pages
This book examines the impact of the federal restructuring of Ethiopia on ethnic conflicts.
The adoption of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia was closely related with the problem of creating a state structure that could be used as instrument of managing the complex ethno-linguistic diversity of the country. Ethiopia is a multinational country with about 85 ethno-linguistic groups and since the 1960s, it suffered from ethno-regional conflicts. The book considers multiple governance and state factors that could explain the difficulties Ethiopian federalism faces to realise its objectives. These include lack of political pluralism and the use of ethnicity as the sole instrument of state organisation.
Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia will be of interest to students and scholars of federal studies, ethnic conflict and regionalism.
1. Introduction 2. Ethiopia’s Ethnic Federalism: History and Ideology 3. Asymmetries and Trends of Conflcits in Federal Ethiopia 4. Ethnic Makeup and History: Background to the Study Regions 5. Federalism and Autonomy Conflicts in the Somali Region 6. Federalism and Autonomy Conflicts in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region 7. Inter-regional Conflicts: Somali Region 8. Inter-Regional Conflicts: Benishangul-Gumuz Region 9. Centre-regional Relations: Somali and Benishangul-Gumuz Regions 10. Conclusion
Asnake Kefale is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.